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Osmanthus fragrans
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Osmanthus x burkwoodii

Oleaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs

OSMANTHUS

All have clean, leathery, attractive foliage and, typically, white flowers that are inconspicuous but fragrant. Fruits (on female plants) are rarely seen. Plants tolerate a 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 x burkwoodii

Slow-growing hybrid to 6–10 ft. tall and 8–12 ft. wide. Densely clothed in glossy bright green, tooth-edged evergreen leaves, 1–2-in. long. Bloom comes in early spring, when the plant draws masses of hungry pollinators. Useful as a hedge or large shrub.

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