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Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of North Carolina

Holly Osmanthus (Osmanthus heterophyllus)

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Holly Osmanthus (Osmanthus heterophyllus)

This shrub is a very rare escape from cultivation in North Carolina. More commonly seen is the hybrid Osmanthus ×fortunei Carrière (O. fragrans × heterophyllus), which has less deeply toothed leaves. The hybrid is much more frequent in cultivation than O. heterophyllus but rarely escapes.

Greensboro, Guilford Co., NC 5/15/10.

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