• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering 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.
    Key Feature:
    Year-round Interest
    Blooms:
    Occasional insignificant flowers in late summer
  • Detail
    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:Occasional insignificant flowers in late summer
    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
    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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.