Osmanthus Burkwoodii (Burkwood Osmanthus)
The Burkwood Osmanthus, also known as Osmanthus Burkwoodii (‘osme’ means fragrance and ‘anthos’ means flower in Greek) or Osmanthus X Burkwoodii, belongs to the same family as the olive tree, the Oleaceae. It is highly suitable for use as slow-growing evergreen hedging. The plant grows to around 1.5 metres tall. It is especially suitable for planting in borders and small gardens, where large hedges would take up too much room. The Osmanthus Burkwoodii flowers profusely from April until the end of May with deliciously fragrant flowers that are highly attractive to bees and other insects. It adds a vibrant and constant source of interest to your garden.
Osmanthus Burkwoodii (Burkwood Osmanthus)
The Burkwood Osmanthus looks similar to holly, yet is very different. Unfortunately, the oval leaves of the Burkwood do not have the same lovely shine, nor does the plant have bright red berries. However, its fragrant and luxuriant flowers go a long way to make up for this. It is a low sturdy shrub that is easy to look over, so that you can enjoy the rest of the beautiful flowers, plants, and trees in your garden.
Growing Burkwood Osmanthus
The Osmanthus Burkwoodii (Burkwood Osmanthus) is related to flowering shrubs and trees. Its origins lie in East Asia – in Central and South Japan and Taiwan.
Why choose Burkwood Osmanthus?
- This shrub looks wonderful in your garden.
- Its white flowers produce a delicious fragrance that attracts bees and other insects.
- The Burkwood Osmanthus is a very easy plant to care for and is able to grow and flower in any type of soil.
- In addition, the Burkwood needs little to no pruning.
- It is a strong plant that is not very sensitive to diseases or pests.
When is the best time to plant an Osmanthus X Burkwoodii?
You can plant your Burkwood Osmanthus in your garden at any time. Do bear in mind not to plant it when the weather is freezing, and it is also advisable to avoid the blazing sun in the summer months. If you plant the shrub in the warmer months, make sure to give it sufficient water at regular intervals.
How should I plant the Burkwood Osmanthus?
- Remove weeds from the area of ground where you intend to plant the shrubs.
- Dig a trench. This should be twice as wide as the root ball on the plant. To create a straight trench, stretch out a line of string beforehand.
- Loosen the soil in the trench.
- Mix the loose earth at the bottom of the trench with compost.
- Set down the plants next to the trench. Once you are satisfied with the arrangement, you can plant them in the ground.
- Fill the trench with earth and pack the soil down firmly.
- Give the plants plenty of water after planting Do this regularly, especially when the weather is warm or if there is hardly any rain.
As the Osmanthus X Burkwoodii does not like being fully exposed to the wind, make sure to position it out of the wind. If it is still very windy in the spot you have chosen, you could use a sheet or fleece to protect the plant from the wind. You can also use this fleece to protect the plant in the event of a severe frost.
The Burkwood Osmanthus grows in any type of fertile, permeable soil. It is therefore quite an easy plant to grow.
- Place the Osmanthus Burkwoodii in full sun or partial shade. This is where it will thrive best.
- The shrubs can reach a height of up to around 1.5 metres. It is therefore advisable to set out one plant per linear metre or three plants per two linear metres.
Advice & Care
As the Osmanthus Burkwoodii grows slowly, you only have to prune it once a year – and even that is not really required. Pruning is only necessary if you are using the shrub as a hedge plant and it is starting to become overgrown. You will also need to take the pruning shears to it if you want to create a decorative shape. If you prune it after the flowering period from around May to June, it will produce lovely, fragrant flowers again the following year.
The Osmanthus Burkwoodii is also drought tolerant but it is better to plant it in moisture-retaining soil if you want a really low-maintenance plant.
We recommend feeding the Osmanthus X Burkwoodii regularly with organic fertilisers.
Treating common problems
The Burkwood Osmanthus is a very strong plant and is therefore less sensitive to diseases and pests. If you give it too much water, apply too little fertiliser, or place it in an unsuitable place in the garden – where it is too windy for example – then it may die, but it is normally a plant that lasts a long time.
Advantages and disadvantages of the Osmanthus Burkwoodii
- The Osmanthus Burkwoodii is evergreen and continues to be an attractive sight in winter.
- This plant does not necessarily need pruning. If you do prune it, you only have to do this once a year.
- In addition, it is easy to prune and trim into shape.
- The Burkwood Osmanthus is an extremely strong plant and hardly suffers from diseases or pests.
- In principle, it can grow in any type of soil as long as the soil retains moisture.
- If you want to create an informal hedge, the Osmanthus Burkwoodii is a good choice.
- The plant does not easily tolerate wind. It is recommended to find a sheltered spot for it in your garden.
- The Burkwood Osmanthus always needs a sunny or partially sunny location.
- The Osmanthus Burkwoodii is only suitable for low hedges.
If you are looking for an attractive hedge plant that is strong and easy to care for and which produces wonderfully fragrant flowers that add colour, fragrance, and life to your garden, then the Burkwood Osmanthus – also known as the Osmanthus Burkwoodii or Osmanthus X Burkwoodii – is the perfect plant for you.
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