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 evergreen selection makes a great accent or hedge.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.Average Landscape Size:Reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide in 10 years; taller with age.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:oz-MAN-thus het-er-o-FIL-usPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:CompactGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide in 10 years; taller with age.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Occasional insignificant flowers in late summer.Flower color:WhiteDesign 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 PlantsFountain Grass (Pennisetum); Boxwood (Buxus); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Loropetalum (Loropetalum); Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina)
- CareCare InformationProvide enriched, moist, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, water as needed to maintain evenly moist soil. Fertilize in early spring. Prune annually for a neat appearance and to maintain desired size and shape.Pruning time: spring.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
- 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.