Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens
This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Osmanthus x burkwoodii
Burkwood osmanthus or hybrid sweet olive
Osmanthus x burkwoodii is an attractive slow-growing shrub, eventually reaching 3 to 4m in height. It has glossy leaves and very sweetly-scented white flowers in spring.
O. x burkwoodii is a hybrid between the Chinese O. delavayi and the Turkish O. decorus. It was raised in England in about 1930 by Burkwood and Skipwith. It received an Award of Garden Merit from the RHS in 1984. It was originally thought be be a bi-generic hybrid and given the name x Osmarea burkwoodii because its parent O. decora was in the genus Phillyrea (making it a hybrid between the two genera).