Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Slow grower, 3-5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide in 10 years; may reach 8-10 ft. tall with age.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Year-round Interest
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Spring flowers are insignificant.
Botanical Pronunciation:oz-MAN-thus het-er-o-FIL-us
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Growth habit:Compact
Growth rate:Slow
Average landscape size:Slow grower, 3-5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide in 10 years; may reach 8-10 ft. tall with age.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Spring flowers are insignificant.
Flower color:White
Flower attributesShowy Flowers
Design IdeasUse as a low prickly hedge or try as a unique mid-height accent in shrub borders. Far wider than it is tall, group to cover large bare areas of the garden.
Companion PlantsPlant with gold leaf shrubs to highlight the multi-colors of the Goshiki False Holly. Other Asian inspired plants like Nandina, Peony, and Asiatic Lilies complement this Asian native.
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Shear annually for a neat appearance and to maintain desired size and shape.Pruning time: spring.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
Native to Eastern Asia, Osmanthus heterophyllus is mentioned in the oldest surviving historical record of Japan. It is believed to have been used to make holly wood spears and used in battle to subdue the East. The prickly and non-prickly plants are sometimes referred to as male and female, although the leaf texture is not related to the plant sexuality.