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Cultural Details for Osmanthus americanus

Common Name:
Devilwood, Wood-olive

Growth Rate:
Slow to medium

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
White, fragrant, dioecious flowers open in March-April

Fruit Details:
0.5" long, dark blue-purple, single-stoned drupes matures in September and may persist into spring of next year

Fall Color:

Bark Details:
Stems are stout, squarish, glabrous, green changing to gray-brown, dotted with numerous pale lenticels

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
None serious

Native Habitat:
North Carolina to Florida and Mississippi. Found along swamp margins, hammocks and borders of streams. Cultivated 1758.

Other Features:
The dark olive green leaves are handsome throughout the seasons but do lighten (yellow-green) in sun and exposed locations.

Culture and Care:
Zones 6-10

This plant was blooming:
4/19/2010 - 5/10/2010

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 32, Bed 33, Bed 163

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.