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

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

Aromatic

Smooth-Textured

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

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

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

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

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.