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Osmanthus delavayi (Osmanthus)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Hedging & Screening, Evergreen, Flowering
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours White Flowers (Autumn), Dark green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Osmanthus delavayi Description

This very small leaved Osmanthus has distinctive dark foliage and a dense form which makes it ideal as a screening plant or foil at the back of the border. Attractive trumpets of white scented blossom during the autumn months provided extra impact.


Osmanthus delavayi - Cultivation Notes

Osmanthus can be planted in full sun or light shade. Avoid planting in very exposed, cold or hot dry areas, prefering a sheltered spot in moist fertile soil. Trim to shape as necessary - this species can be trimmed into an attractive dense evergreen shrub or informal hedge. Mulch with compost every few years to feed. Ideal for container growing or as an alternative to holly.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Osmanthus delavayi:

  • Scented blossom
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Suitable for hedging or topiary
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils
  • Suitable for planting in full shade

Design & Plant Use for Osmanthus delavayi:

  • Evergreen plant suitable for trimming to shape or topiary
  • Evergreen shrub suitable suitable for training up a wall
  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Evergreen shrub suitable for planting in a shady location
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting
  • Ideal flowering shrub for problem clay soils

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Common Missspellings: Osmanthas, Osmanthis, Ozmanthus, Ozmanthis

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