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Osmanthus x burkwoodii (Holly Olive, 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 (Spring), Dark green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Osmanthus x burkwoodii Description

This compact smaller leaved Osmanthus will grow to a size of around 3 x 3 metres, making it well suited to growing in a mid border location or against a wall. Burkwoodii has distinctive dark foliage and a dense form, making it ideal as a screening plant or as a dark foil plant at the back of the flower border. Attractive trumpets of white scented blossom appear in abundance during the spring months provided extra impact and a deep pungent scent.

Osmanthus x burkwoodii - Cultivation Notes

This compact medium sized shrub will grow on most fertile well drained garden soils in full sun or light shade. Avoid planting Osmanthus in very exposed, cold or hot dry areas prefering a sheltered spot. No regular pruning is required but you can trim to shape as necessary into an attractive dense evergreen shrub. Mulch with compost every few years to feed.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Osmanthus x burkwoodii:

  • Scented blossom
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • 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 x burkwoodii:

  • Evergreen plant suitable for trimming to shape or topiary
  • Evergreen shrub suitable suitable for training up a wall
  • Evergreen shrub suitable for planting in a shady location
  • Ideal flowering shrub for problem clay soils

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