Osmanthus x burkwoodii in flower. Getty Images

Osmanthus x burkwoodii

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Osmanthus x burkwoodii
  • Family: Oleaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Evergreen
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

Osmanthus x burkwoodii is a handsome evergreen, spring flowering shrub. It bears small, oval, dark green leaves, which make a striking backdrop to its clusters of tubular white, fragrant flowers. Osmanthus x burkwoodii is slow growing, usually taking a year or two to establish and begin growing strongly, but given time, makes an excellent feature plant for borders, hedging, or a woodland garden.

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Although Osmanthus x burkwoodii grows well either in sun or shade, it bears more flowers in a sunny site.

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Plant in autumn or early to mid-spring – ideally in spring in colder areas so the plant becomes well established before winter. In milder areas, autumn is the best time to plant. Water during dry spells for the first growing season. Osmanthus x burkwoodii doesn’t need regular pruning unless grown as a hedge, or if required to restrict growth. Prune in late spring after flowering has finished.

Advice on buying Osmanthus x burkwoodii

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  • Buy Osmanthus x burkwoodii as pot grown plants all year round from nurseries, garden centres, or online
  • Previously this shrub was known as x Osmaraea burkwoodii and is still sometimes sold under this name

Where to buy Osmanthus x burkwoodii

How to grow Osmanthus burkwoodii

  • Plant size

    2.5m height

    1.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Back

  • Sun exposure: Full shade, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Osmanthus burkwoodii and wildlife

Osmanthus burkwoodii has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Osmanthus burkwoodii poisonous?

Osmanthus burkwoodii has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People