Devavay's Osmanthus




Three small shrubs behind the stone seat on the grass path between the Northern Pavilion and the De Ferranti Shelter fill the air with sweet fragrance.

With a sunny, northerly aspect, fertile soil and good drainage, these Osmanthus delavayi bushes have flowered at this time for the last six years. Though planted more recently, and therefore smaller, three shrubs between our worm farm and Caley’s Kiosk have also commenced blooming. On the Plant Explorers Walk, a much cooler location, we can expect a spring flowering for this ‘most beautiful of white flowered evergreens’. W.J. Bean, ‘Trees and Shrubs hardy in the British Isles’.