- Common Name(s):
- Devilwood, Wild olive
- Native Plants, Shrubs, Trees
Osmanthus americanus, also called Devilwood or Wild olive is native to the southeastern US. This shrub or small tree is often multitrunked with very strong wood. It has an open loose habit and is drought tolerant once established. Small scented flowers appear in late spring and the fruit that follows attracts birds;. Particularly resistant to damage by deer. This plant is highly salt tolerant.
Synonym: Cartrema americana
Regions: Coastal Plains
Seasons of Interest:
Leaf: Fall Blooms: Spring Nut/Fruit/Seed: Late Summer/Fall
Wildlife Value: This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer. It provides cover during the winter and extreme weather. Its fruits are eaten by birds and small mammals.
- 15-25 ft.
- In the spring, small, urn-shaped, white flowers mature on the previous years growth of the Devilwood. This plant produces a dark blue drupe that matures in the fall.
- The Devilwood can be grown in sun to partial shade, tolerating a range of soil conditions.
- Often multitrunked; open, loose habit
- Sun to partial shade; range of soil conditions
- Creamy white flowers in early spring; fragrant; dark blue fruit
- 10-20 ft.
- The leaf of the Devilwood is 2 to 4.5 in., opposite, simple and dark green. It is entire, with a smooth to slightly wavy margin and has a rusty colored underside. If grown in the sun, the leaves turn a yellow-green in the fall.
NCCES plant id: 513