Osmanthus × burkwoodii
Common name: 
Burkwood Osmanthus
Pronunciation: 
oz-MAN-thus X berk-WOOD-e-i
Family: 
Oleaceae
Genus: 
Synonyms: 
Osmarea burkwoodii,
×Osmarea burkwoodii
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • 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.
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    leaves and flowers, comparison