Goshiki False Holly
Goshiki False Holly
Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki'Item #6323 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
Goshiki translates from Japanese as "five colors". Its new leaves emerge red and quickly turn green. The green leaves are daubed with spots of creamy white, gray-green, and yellow-green. This lovely selection makes a great evergreen accent or hedge.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Slow grower, 3-5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide in 10 years; may reach 8-10 ft. tall with age.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:oz-MAN-thus het-er-o-FIL-usPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:CompactGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow grower, 3-5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide in 10 years; may reach 8-10 ft. tall with age.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Spring flowers are insignificant.Flower color:WhiteFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign 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.
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.