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Osmanthus x fortuneiOsmanthus x fortunei

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Osmanthus x fortunei
    oz-MAN-thus x for-TUNE-e-i
  • COMMON NAME: Fortune's Osmanthus
  • FAMILY: Oleaceae
  • NATIVITY: Of hybrid origin (O. heterophyllus x O. fragrans). Both parents are of Asian origin.
  • GROWTH HABIT: Large rounded shrub, that remains quit dense.
  • SIZE: 15 - 20'
  • HARDINESS: Zone (7) 8 - 9
  • CULTURE: Sun to partial shade, moist soil. Rather adaptable and
    easily cultivated in the south. Tender in the mid-Atlantic states.
  • LANDSCAPE USE: The large shrub can be used for a screen but requires
    more space than other candidates. Single plants or small groups in the shrub
    border are useful for their evergreen foliage. Container plant near entrances
    for the fragrant flowers.
  • FOLIAGE: Opposite, oval to ovate with prominent serrations. Leaves are 2 1/4 - 4"
    long and 1 1/2 - 3" wide. Adult foliage completely lacks spines although this
    foliage is not abundant even on large plants.
  • BUDS: Imbricately scaled, 1/8" long. Buds are superimposed and diverge from the stem.
  • BARK: Gray, pith is solid.
  • FLOWERS: Small white flowers are borne in axillary cymes in October.
    Flowers are not showy but are wonderfully fragrant.
  • FRUIT: Bluish black drupe.
  • PROPAGATION: Cuttings.
  • PESTS: None serious.