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Osmanthus x fortunei

Phonetic Spelling
oz-MANTH-us x for-TOO-nee-eye
Description

Osmanthus x fortunei is a hybrid of O. fragrans and  O. heterophyllus. It is an dense, oval-rounded evergreen shrub that grows up to 20-25' tall. This plant blooms in the late fall and has inconspicuous flowers that have a pungently sweet aroma. Leaves in the upper part of the plant (adult morphology leaves) are entire, while those in the lower part of the plant tend to be toothed (juvenile morphology). This plant is frequently utilized in hedges, foundations, screens, as a specimen plant, or pruned into a small tree. This plant prefers full sun and moist, well-drained, acidic soil. It is tolerant of alkaline soils, pollution, and part-shade. It has a slow growth rate and no serious pest or disease problems.

Quick ID Hint:

  • Large evergreen shrub or small tree
  • Opposite leaves, both toothed and entire
  • Decussate leaf arrangement on lenticeled stems
  • Juvenile leaf is regularly spine-tipped, triangular teeth
  • Inconspicuous white, fall blooms, highly aromatic
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Fruitlandii
Tags:
#cultivars#fragrant#white#evergreen#sun#full sun#partial shade#fragrant flowers#fall flowers#spring#white flowers#acidic soil#salt tolerant#spring flowers#fall interest#playground#cpp#deer resistant#children's garden#acidic soil tolerant#fantz#fall
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Fruitlandii
Tags:
#cultivars#fragrant#white#evergreen#sun#full sun#partial shade#fragrant flowers#fall flowers#spring#white flowers#acidic soil#salt tolerant#spring flowers#fall interest#playground#cpp#deer resistant#children's garden#acidic soil tolerant#fantz#fall
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Osmanthus
    Family:
    Oleaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Play Value:
    Buffer
    Fragrance
    Screening
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Deer resistant, drought tolerant, and slightly salt tolerant.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 20 ft. 0 in. - 25 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Columnar
    Dense
    Erect
    Mounding
    Oval
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are an ovoid bluish purple-black to black drupes that are less than 1/2" in size and are seldom seen in cultivation.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are white, 4-lobed, fragrant, less than an inch in diameter, and have 2 yellow stamens. Flowers are fragrant and bloom in the fall.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are opposite, decussate, simple, leathery, lustrous, coriaceous, oval to broadly elliptic, acuminate, and have 9-12 marginal, triangular teeth on each side with a small spine or entire (on mature adult leaves). Leaves are dark green above and paler beneath. They are glabrous, 2-4" long and 1.5-2' wide.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Gray
    Light Gray
    Bark Description:
    Some branches are gray.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are squarish, gray, and have numerous brown lenticels
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Flowering Tree
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Small Tree
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Salt