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Osmanthus delavayi (Tea Olive, Osmanthus)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Hedging & Screening, Evergreen, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Spreading arching
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours White Flowers (Spring), Dark green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Osmanthus delavayi Description

This lower growing and spreading small leaved Osmanthus has distinctive dark foliage and a dense form which makes it ideal as a low shrubby ground cover or as a screening plant or foil at the back of the border. Masses of small attractive trumpets of white scented blossom appear during the early spring months provided extra impact and the glossy dark green evergreen foliage provides winter interest and cover.


Osmanthus delavayi - Cultivation Notes

Osmanthus can be planted in full sun or light shade, avoiding planting in very exposed, cold or hot dry areas. Osmanthus prefers a sheltered planting spot in moist fertile soil. Osmanthus is a slower growing species that does require regular pruning, but can be trimmed to shape as necessary, being suited to trimming into an attractive dense evergreen shrub or informal hedge. Mulch with compost every few years to feed. Suitable for container growing or as an alternative to holly or being grown near buildings as a wall shrub.


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
  • Suitable for container growing
  • 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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