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Osmanthus decorus - (Boiss.&Balansa.)Kasapligil.

Common Name
Family Oleaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Mixed deciduous or mixed Fagus - Picea forests and the sides of gorges, 1000 - 1600 metres in Turkey[93, 184].
Range W. Asia - N.E. Turkey to Georgia.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Osmanthus decorus


Osmanthus decorus

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Osmanthus decorus is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 7. It is in leaf all year, in flower in April, and the seeds ripen in September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Phillyrea decora. P. laurifolia. P. vilmoriniana.

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Hedge;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Hedge  Hedge

Can be grown as a tall hedge, it is quite amenable to trimming[29].

Special Uses

Hedge  Hedge

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Cultivation details

Easily grown in any well-drained soil in sun or part shade, but flowering more freely when in a sunny position[11, 182]. Prefers a neutral to acid soil but tolerates some chalk[200]. Succeeds in dry shade[188]. Dislikes an unduly exposed position but tolerates more wind than other members of this genus[200]. Plants are hardy to about -20°c[184]. A very ornamental plant[1], its fruits are produced freely in British gardens[K]. The flowers are fragrant[184].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[200]. Stored seed probably germinates best if it is given 3 months warm then 3 months cold stratification before sowing[113]. 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. Cuttings of half-ripe wood taken at the end of July, in a frame with bottom heat[11]. 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[78]. Layering in spring[200] or autumn[78]. Partially sever the layer leads in the following late summer and plant out in the autumn. High percentage[78].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Osmanthus americana Tree15.0 -  LMHSNM102
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Osmanthus fragransFragrant OliveShrub6.0 8-11  LMHSNM222
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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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