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Osmanthus x burkwoodii


Small highly scented flowers

A slow growing but ultimately medium-sized evergreen shrub, with a rounded habit and scented flowers. It has neat dark green leaves and in April and May it produces small white star-shaped flowers that are especially fragrant.


Position in full sun or part shade.


Plant in moist but well drained soil. To maintain shape, cut back dead or diseased stems carefully in late spring once the flowers have died away.

Cut-back and feed with compost at the same time - in late spring. This will save time and encourage new growth for the following year.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub, Hedging
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Winter
Flowering April - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 250 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 110 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Banks and slopes

Typically available

From March to September