Osmanthus × burkwoodii
oz-MAN-thus X berk-WOOD-e-i
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, bushy, slow growing to 8 ft (2.4 m) and as wide. Leaves 2.5-5 cm long, ovate to ovate-elliptic, tip narrow acute, base rounded to wedge-shaped (cuntate), margin slightly toothed, glossy, bright green. Flowers white, small, short tubular, 4-lobed, fragrant, similar to those of O. delavayi, cover the plant in spring. Fruit, seldom produced, blue to purple, small, oval.
- Sun to part shade, easy to grow. Makes a fine hedge.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 A hybrid between O. delavayi and O. decorus produced in England before 1928. At one time, O. decorus was considered a member of the genus Phillyrea (P. decora or P. vilmoriniana) and the result of the cross with O. delavayi was designated ×Osmarea burkwoodii.
- Osmanthus: from Greek osme, fragrance, and anthos, flowers. burkwoodii: after Burkwood and Shipwith nursery in England, the raisers.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: on bank northeast of Withycombe Hall.