Herb latin name: Osmanthus x burkwoodii

Synonyms: Osmorea burkwoodii

Family: Oleaceae (Olive Family)

Description of the plant:


3 m
(9 3/4 foot)



Habitat of Osmanthus x burkwoodii:

Not known in the wild.

Other uses of the herb:

A good plant for a large hedge or screen. It responds well to pruning, though any trimming is best carried out in mid-summer.

Propagation of Osmanthus x burkwoodii:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a coldframe. Stored seed probably germinates best if it is given 3 months warm then 3 months cold stratification before sowing. The seed usually takes 6 - 18 months to germinate, it should be pricked out into individual pots when it is large enough to handle. Grow the plants on for their first winter in the greenhouse and plant them out in early summer. This species is a hybrid and will not breed true from seed. Cuttings of half-ripe wood taken at the end of July, in a frame with bottom heat. Cuttings of almost ripe wood, 7 - 12cm with a heel, September/October in a cold frame. A good percentage. Plant out in the spring 18 months later. Layering in spring or autumn. Partially sever the layer leads in the following late summer and plant out in the autumn. High percentage.

Cultivation of the herb:

Not known in the wild.

Medicinal use of Osmanthus x burkwoodii:

None known

Known hazards of Osmanthus x burkwoodii:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.