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Osmanthus × fortunei

Fortune's osmanthus

A fairly vigorous shrub, usually only up to 2m high inland, but up to 6m high in mild coastal areas, with broad-ovate, leathery, glossy dark green leaves up to 10cm long; the leaf margins have spine-tipped teeth, but leaves towards the tops of mature plants are often entire. Clusters of intensely-fragrant white flowers, each about 1cm across, appear in autumn, only occasionally followed by black fruit

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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn White Green
Winter Green Black
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
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

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in sun or partial shade, with shelter from cold, drying winds

Propagation

Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer with bottom heat, or by layering in autumn or spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Banks and slopes
  • Hedging and screens
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 1 (little or no pruning of trees and shrubs) or pruning group 9 (late-flowering evergreen shrubs)

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

May be susceptible to honey fungus

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