Osmanthus × burkwoodii

2 litre pot £22.99
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Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Osmanthus × burkwoodii osmanthus: Evergreen shrub with scented, white spring flowers

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This popular, rounded, evergreen shrub has glossy, finely toothed, dark green leaves beautifully offset by highly scented, jasmine like, white flowers in mid and late spring. In flower, it will light up a shady corner of the garden and as an evergreen, makes a lovely foil for other flowering plants and ferns.

  • Garden care: Minimal pruning is required. Remove misplaced, dead or diseased branches in late spring and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.

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Notes on Osmanthus × burkwoodii

"An evergreen saved from ignominy by pure heads of sweetly fragrant white flowers in mid spring - good at lighting up a semi-shady corner behind ferns or glimmering white narcissi"

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Won't buy again !


As described. Expensive waste of money.




In full shade it didnt flower, but otherwise it does


My neighbour had an overgrown hedge and it was shading my garden badly. This plant was growing slowly but not flowering. When the neighbour finally cut his hedge and this had a tiny bit more light, it's been flowering fully. For a shady spot it's perfect - at worse it gives you an evergreen glossy background. And now in March it is covered in white flowers and in conversations with my white daffs




Excellent and very pleased with our Osmanthus Burkwoodii


South coastal location. Kept as a potted shrub and added to my collection of Burkwoodii in my secluded South facing small courtyard patio that is ideal in which they all thrive.

Jenny-Eastbourne E Sussex

Eastbourne East Sussex


I bought about 20 of these for a hedge


I am using it to make an informal hedge




Osmanthus x Burkwooii


I ordered this plant for a very shady part of my garden. I ordered it from Crocus as the plant was keenly priced and was given comprehensive planting advice. I am beginning to revamp my garden and I will certainly order from Crocus again.





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Could I grow this in a large pot or half whisky barrel?


Yes, I would suggest Sylvagrow John Innes No.3 mature plants peat-free compost would work well for this situation.


Could I grow this jasmine in a pot on a roof terrace?


Hello, Roof terraces tend to be very exposed, and this osmanthus prefers a spot that is sheltered from very cold or drying winds, so it is not ideal, unless you have a sheltered spot for it.


Could I use Osmanthus for an informal hedge in a shady part of the garden?


Hello there Yes this plant makes a good evergreen hedge, but it does need some sun. It won't like to be in complete shade.

Can you please advise how tall these plants are in the 2 litre pots? Thank you.


Hello there This plant in a 2lt pot will be approx 20-30cm tall when delivered.

Growing plants for a wedding Dear Crocus, I am a very happy customer ..... I love your site, plants and service. I learnt about you first from Arabella Lennox-Boyd. But now I am writing for some advice please. My sister is getting married in Oxfordshire on the last weekend of May. I would love to grow the flowers for the wedding. I have a big garden with empty beds and a green house at my disposal. Could you give me some advice on types of cut flowers that would be in bloom at the end of May? Some pointers as a place to start my research and buying would be fantastic. Thank you very much, Best wishes, Kate

Kate Olivia Higginbottom

Thank you so much Helen - amazing! I'll send you photos of the finished results. Best wishes and thanks again, Kate

Crocus Helpdesk

Hello Kate, It will be a little hit and miss as a lot will depend on the weather, but the following plants should be in flower around that time. Choisya ternata http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/choisya-ternata-/classid.825/ Osmanthus x burkwoodii http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/osmanthus-%C3%97-burkwoodii-/classid.4171/ Syringa http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.syringa/ Viburnum x carlcephalum http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/viburnum-%C3%97-carlcephalum-/classid.4460/ Convallaria majalis http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.convallaria/ Iris http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.iris/ Paeonia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.paeonia/ Euphorbia palustris http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/euphorbia-palustris-/classid.2794/ Aquilegia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.aquilegia/ Ceanothus Skylark http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/ceanothus-thyrsiflorus-skylark/classid.728/ and if we have a hot start to the summer a couple of roses or some of the earlier lavenders may have started too. I hope this gives you lots of ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

Kate Olivia Higginbottom

Hedging and Osmanthus plants Dear Crocus, I am looking for two Osmanthus burkwoodii plants but notice on your website that you only offer them for sale in 2 litre size. Do you have any larger Osmanthus burkwoodii plants? I am also looking for suggestions on which plants would make a good hedge. I am looking for something hardy, able to stand the frost, evergreen, not poisonous to horses and if possible, not just green possibly red / purple or variegated, any thoughts? Also, as these plants are grown in Surrey, will they be suitable to grow in the Scottish Borders? Many thanks, Jane

Janey Mitch

Hello Jane, I'm afraid we have all the plants we sell displayed on our website so we do not sell larger sizes of the Osmanthus. As for the hedging, if you click on the link below it will take you to our full range of hedging plants. Unfortunately we do not have anything that meets all your criteria, but if you click on the smaller images it will give you a lot more information on hardiness levels (fully hardy means they can cope with the weather in Scotland) as well as leaf colour etc. Unfortunately though I do not have a list of plants which are not poisonous to horses, but your local vet may be able to help you with this. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/hedging/plcid.30/ Best regards, Helen Plant Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

Can I use Osmanthus as hedging? I have planted Osmanthus x burkwoodii as a hedging shrub - is this Ok?

Sally LLoyd

Osmanthus x burkwoodii makes a wonderful, informal hedge, and it has the added bonus of having deliciously scented flowers.


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