Friday, November 5, 2010


What's in bloom this time of year?  Osmanthus heteropyllus, holly leaf osmanthus, blooms in the fall.  Its extremely fragrant white flowers are a delight.    This evergreen shrub can be found in front of the brick wall between our compost area and the herb garden.   Its spiny-edged, glossy green leaves resemble a true holly, but the leaves are opposite on the stem.  This shrub can grow large, but is easily kept in bounds with selective pruning.  They have been noted to be somewhat resistant to deer munching.