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Osmanthus fragrans
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Osmanthus heterophyllus

Hollyleaf Osmanthus
Evergreen, Shrubs


All have clean, leathery, attractive foliage and, typically, white flowers that are inconspicuous but fragrant. Fruits (on female plants) are rarely seen. Plants tolerate broad range of soils, including heavy clay.Most are dense shrubs that can eventually reach tree size. To grow them as background shrubs, pinch tips of new growth on young plants to encourage bushiness; on older, established plants, occasionally cut back any wayward branches. These shrubs also make good informal or lightly clipped tall hedges

Osmanthus heterophyllus

From Japan. Grows to 10–20 ft. tall and slightly wider, with 2 1/2-in., spiny-edged, glossy green leaves. Resembles English holly (Ilex aquifolium), but leaves are opposite one another on stems rather than alternate. Late fall and winter bloom. Useful as hedge.


Slow growing to about 8–10 ft. tall and wide, with densely set evergreen leaves edged in creamy white. Useful for lighting up shady areas. Foliage is somewhat more prone to freeze damage than that of other species. Very handsome plant.

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