Introduction to Osmanthus x Burkwoodii
Osmanthus burkwoodii is a species of Osmanthus, a genus of evergreen shrubs native to Asia. Osmanthus x burkwoodii is known for its delicate beauty and sweet fragrance and has been a popular ornamental plant for centuries. It is prized for its delicate flowers, glossy green leaves, and slow growth habit, making it an excellent choice for small gardens or as a specimen plant. Other popular Osmanthus species include the osmanthus fragrans (sweet osmanthus), osmanthus sasaba (or sasanqua) and osmanthus myrtifolius (myrtle leaf). In this blog, we will specifically look at the defining characteristics of the Osmanthus Burkwoodii.
Unlike deciduous shrubs, the evergreen Osmanthus retains its leaves all year round, providing a constant source of lush green foliage. This makes it an excellent choice for use as a year-round ornamental plant, providing structure and interest in the garden even during the winter months.
One of its defining features is its smell. The delicate white or yellow flowers emit an apricot-like odour that fills the air and attracts pollinators. It is strongest in the late summer and early autumn, making Osmanthus Burkwoodii a great addition to any garden during this time of year.
Another advantage of Burkwoodii is its small size. This species of Osmanthus is slow-growing, reaching a mature height of only 6-8 feet, making it an excellent choice for small gardens or as a specimen plant. Its compact size also makes it easier to care for, as it requires less pruning and maintenance than larger shrubs.
Caring for Burkwoodii
Mostly, it is a relatively low-maintenance plant, but there are a few things to keep in mind when caring for it. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. It should be watered regularly during its first growing season to establish a strong root system, but it is relatively drought-tolerant once established. Pruning should be done after flowering, as the plant produces flowers on new wood.
In the Garden
It is a versatile plant that can be used in various ways in the garden. Its small size makes it ideal for a specimen plant, while its evergreen foliage makes it an excellent choice for use in mixed borders. It can also be used as a low hedge or as an accent plant in rock gardens or along walkways. Its pleasing scent makes it an excellent addition to any outdoor seating area.
Suggested planting locations and garden preferences
Sunlight: Osmanthus burkwoodii prefers full sun to partial shade. In hot climates, it benefits from some afternoon shade to protect it from scorching.
Soil: This plant is tolerant of a range of soil types, but prefers well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. It is important to avoid planting it in waterlogged soils.
Water: Osmanthus burkwoodii has average water requirements and prefers regular watering, especially during the growing season. However, it is tolerant of short periods of drought once it is established.
Climate: Osmanthus burkwoodii can tolerate cold temperatures and is hardy to USDA Zones 6 to 9.
Landscape use: Osmanthus burkwoodii is a versatile plant that can be used in various landscape settings, such as in mixed borders, as a specimen plant, or as a hedge. It is also useful for filling gaps in the garden and adding texture to the landscape.
Pruning: This plant can be pruned to maintain its shape and size. It is best to prune after flowering and to avoid cutting back into old wood.
Osmanthus Burkwoodii is a beautiful shrub that adds interest to any garden. Its small size, evergreen foliage, and pleasant aroma make it a great choice for small gardens. With proper care, it will provide years of beauty and fragrance to your landscape. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance shrub, it is a great choice to consider! We have osmanthus x burkwoodii for sale on our site, and if you have any questions about its care, or you want more information, don’t hesitate to contact us.
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