Osmanthus heterophyllus

Osmanthus heterophyllus
  • BOTANICAL NAME: Osmanthus heterophyllus
  • PRONUNCIATION:
    os-MAN-thus het-er-OFF-a-lus
  • COMMON NAME: False Holly
  • FAMILY: Oleaceae
  • NATIVITY: Japan
  • GROWTH HABIT: Dense, upright, rounded shrub.
  • SIZE: 8-15' tall, 8-10' spread
  • HARDINESS: Zone 7 - 9
  • CULTURE: Full to part sun, moist, well-drained soil.  Tolerates significant pruning.
  • LANDSCAPE USE: Dense growth makes it excellent for barriers, screens, or hedges.  Also useful as a formal specimen plant. Seems to do well in urban settings.
  • FOLIAIGE: Opposite, ovate to elliptic-oblong, spinose, 1 - 2 1/2" long, leathery, lustrous dark green above, yellow-green beneath with reticulate venation.
  • BARK: Light brown with small, raised lenticels.
  • FLOWERS: White, 1/4" wide, in clusters of 4-5, strongly fragrant.
  • FRUIT: 3/8 to 1/2" long blue-black drupes, rare in cultivation.
  • PROPAGATION: Cuttings.
  • PESTS: None serious.
  • CULTIVARS:
    • 'Aureomarginatus' - Yellow leaf margins
    • 'Variegatus' - Off-white leaf margins

     

 

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