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Osmanthus delavayi
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Delavay osmanthus

O. delavayi is a dense, rather slow-growing medium-sized evergreen shrub with rounded or ovate, dark green leaves to 2.5cm in length. Abundant small, highly-scented white flowers in clusters are followed by small, blue-black berries

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green Black Blue
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or North–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Oleaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Osmanthus can be evergreen shrubs or small trees with leathery, opposite leaves and small, usually fragrant, tubular white, yellow or orange flowers with 4 lobes, followed by ovoid blue-black fruits

Name status

Correct

Plant range
SW China

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in sun or partial shade; good for woodland gardens

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Low Maintenance
  • Banks and slopes
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

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