Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’

Scientific name: Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’


Common names: “false holly” “holly olive ‘Goshiki'”

Plant Type: Evergreen shrub


Zone: 7-9

Light: Full sun – part shade, fewer flowers in shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Rich & fertile

Moisture: Moist well drained


holly olive 'Goshiki'

Plant Size: H  4′-5’W 8′ – slow growing

Leaf and Stem shape: Holly-like, coarsely spined oval leaves marbled with cream and often tinged pink or bronze when young

Flower: Clusters of small fragrant white flowers in the leaf axils in late summer or autumn

Pruning: Selective pruning, minimal, thinning cuts best

Maintenance: Low

Landscape use: Focal point, flower boarders, container plants, good for dark corners or in the front of the garden, needs to be paired with the right plants

Propagate: By seed or cuttings

Pests & Disease: None in Victoria

*Deer resistant

Comments: Easily confused with holly but the leaves grow opposite where holly is alternate

~AGM winner


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