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.
PESTS: None serious.
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