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PlantFiles: Fortune's Osmanthus
Osmanthus x fortunei 'Fruitlandii'

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Osmanthus (os-MAN-thus) (Info)
Species: x fortunei
Cultivar: Fruitlandii

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From hardwood heel cuttings
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner On Jan 15, 2014, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I got this as a promotional item from Park Seed Co a few years ago. It was a stick but for $1 or so, I just planted it in a mostly sunny location without further planning or thought. It has been a moderate, trouble-free plant. No blooms yet.

Neutral debles On Apr 22, 2013, debles from Tulsa, OK wrote:

I planted one of these quite a few years ago in a shady border. The plant has grown to about six feet tall and it is full and healthy, but it has never bloomed for me. It looks like holly to me and the spines on the leaves can be wicked if you're working around it. Although it serves as an evergreen screen, I purchased it for the fragrance factor. I hope it does eventually bloom.

Positive MellyB On Aug 30, 2007, MellyB from Trafford, AL wrote:

There is a very nice hedgerow of this cultivar growing at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Planted in 1997 the plants are appox. 15 ft. in height. The planting flowers very well - visitors often turn in cirlces with their noses in the air trying to locate the source of that wonderful fragrance!

Positive patp On Nov 27, 2005, patp from Summerville, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Trimmed Osmanthus is an attractive foundation or specimen plant provided it is not planted too close to a doorway (leaves have very sharp spines). It is susceptible to whitefly infestation.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama
Trafford, Alabama
South Lyme, Connecticut
Ridgeland, Mississippi
Charlotte, North Carolina
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Moore, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Richmond, Texas
Cape Charles, Virginia
Vancouver, Washington
Walla Walla, Washington

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