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Osmanthus; the versatile and resilient evergreen shrub for all gardens

If you’re looking to for a reliable, versatile and resilient plant for your garden in the New Year, then Ladybrook Nursery can heartily recommend the Osmanthus. Osmanthus is a genus of about 30 species of evergreen flowering plants in the Oleaceae family, most of which are native to eastern Asia. Osmanthus can be either evergreen shrubs or small trees and have generally have serrated leaves with a coarsely-toothed margin. Osmanthus species are capable of producing fragrant white flowers in small panicles from spring through autumn into early winter dependent on the species. Although not the showiest of plants, Osmanthus are prized by gardeners for their evergreen foliage which acts as a foil for other garden border plants throughout the year.   Osmanthus Heterophyllus

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Osmanthus Heterophyllus is a dense, rounded, evergreen shrub with oval to elliptic, holly-like dark green leaves. It produces clusters of fragrant, tubular white flowers from late summer into autumn, followed by blue-black fruit. Osmanthus Heterophyllus is a fairly resilient plant and is generally pest-free and disease-free. It prefers to be planted in sun or partial shade, and will need protecting from cold drying winds. Osmanthus Heterophyllus will eventually grow to a height and spread of roughly 5.0 metres by 5.0 metres after 10-20 years. It will tolerate most soils, but prefers chalky, clay, loamy or sandy soils.

Shrub

Height: 5mFoliage: evergreen – dark green holly-like

Flower colour: white

Flowering: late summer to early autumn

Aspect: full sun to partial shade

Osmanthus Heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’

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Osmanthus Heterophyllus ‘Goshiki, or the Holly Olive, is a compact, rounded, evergreen shrub with oval, holly-like, flushed pink or bronze leaves when young and cream-tinged dark green leaves when mature.  Heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’ produces clusters of small, fragrant flowers from late summer into autumn. Heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’ is a fairly resilient plant and is generally pest-free and disease-free. It will eventually grow to a height and spread of roughly 1.5 metres by 1.5 metres after 10 – 20 years. It will tolerate most soils, but prefers chalky, clay, loamy or sandy soils.

Shrub: dense rounded

Height: 1.5 to 2m

Foliage: evergreen – dark green holly-like variegated cream

Flower colour: white fragrant

Flowering: late summer to early winter

Aspect: full sun to partial shade

Osmanthus Heterophyllus ‘Variegatus’

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Osmanthus Heterophyllus ‘Variegatus’, or the variegated holly olive tree, is a slow-growing evergreen shrub with ovate creamy-white edged leaves. Heterophyllus ‘Variegatus’ produces small, white, fragrant flowers from late summer to early autumn, which are often followed by black fruits. The plant which has been awarded an RHS Award of Garden Merit has an upright branching habit. Heterophyllus ‘Variegatus’ will eventually grow to a height and spread of roughly 2.5 metres by 2.5 metres after 10- 20 years. It will tolerate most soils, but prefers chalky, clay, loamy or sandy soils.

Shrub: dense rounded

Height: 2.5m

Foliage: evergreen – green holly-like variegated cream edge

Flower colour: white fragrant

Flowering: late summer to early autumn

Aspect: full sun to partial shade

Osmanthus ‘Burkwoodii’

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Osmanthus ‘Burkwoodii’, or the Burkwood Osmanthus, is a rounded, dense, slow-growing, evergreen shrub with ovate, dark green leaves. In spring, Osmanthus ‘Burkwoodii’ produces clusters of small fragrant white flowers sometimes followed by black fruit. The shrub was awarded an RHS Award of Garden Merit. Osmanthus ‘Burkwoodii’ is a fairly resilient plant and is generally pest-free and disease-free. It will eventually grow to a height and spread of roughly 4.0 metres by 4.0 metres after 10 – 20 years. It will tolerate most soils, but prefers chalky, clay, loamy or sandy soils, and likes to be planted in full sun to partial shade.

Shrub: rounded

Height: 3m

Foliage: evergreen – dark green

Flower colour: white clusters

Flowering: spring

Aspect: full sun to partial shade

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