Friday, September 23, 2011

Osmanthus heterophyllus and Osmanthus fragrans 'aurantiacus'....oh my. Is this appropriate?

Both flowering and in such close proximity! What can this mean?

This is Nursery Five and the large plant in the background is O. heterophyllus. If you'd never smelled O. fragrans, you'd think it couldn't get any better than heterophyllus. Someone stuck this O. fragrans 'aurantiacus' out there to encourage an interspecific cross. We can only hope that inappropriate behavior will commence and the progeny will result in an improved forms of O. fortunei, the name given to products of the particular cross.

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