Sunday, October 3, 2010
Osmanthus x fortunei is flowering now at the head of the trail to the Pagoda....small flowers big fragrance
Fortunei is a cross between the two species and the happy result is a plant with Zone 7 hardiness and almost the fragrance of Sweet Olive. Now that's what hybridizing is all about. Like heterophyllus, it's a large upright gawky evergreen, readily pruned. I suspect those authorities who claim it can be permantly maintained at any size, but it can be pruned. I would, and do, allocate about an 8' in diameter space for it. It can be kept to this size. Because the fragrance moves nicely on fall breezes it can be sited in an out-of the way location.
Posted by ChrisU at 9:14 AM