|Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Purpureus' is a dense, rounded evergreen that forms an inpenetrable thicket, growing 8 to 10 feet in height, not quite as wide. Older specimens may reach 15 feet. On young plants the leaves are simple and elliptic and dark purple to black. Leaves on older plants tend to be ovate to oval. The tiny white flowers are extremely fragrant, hidden amongst the leaves, blooming between early and late fall. The fruits are seldom borne under cultivation, not showy. They prefer moist and well drained, acidic soil but are fairly adaptable. They dont seem to suffer from many pests. Great plant for borders, screens and hedges, as it is quite spiny it can be a useful barrier planting. Native to Japan, introduced 1856.