Osmanthus x Burkwoodii - Sweet Olive
Osmanthus x burkwoodii or sweet olive as it is commonly known, is a small leaved shrub with white spring flowers. The dark green glossy leaves contrast fantastically against the flower which is highly fragrant with a jasmine like scent. It is commonly planted near the house in order to maximise enjoyment of the intoxicating aroma in spring.
While slow growing, Osmanthus x burkwoodii is an extremely versatile plant. It is extremely hardy and can grow in a variety of soil types, even tolerating full shade. There is no need to prune, but we quite often do, in order to shape into a dense hedge, ball or even mushroom form. As a hedge or clipped shape, it is a great alternative to Box.
Name: Osmanthus x Burkwoodii
Common Name: Sweet Olive
Demands: All aspects
Soil: Well-drained, sand, loam, clay or chalk.
Flowers: Fragrant Creamy white flowers
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