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Osmanthus heterophyllus Goshiki


Holly olive

Mottled green and yellow evergreen foliage

This is a slow growing holly-like evergreen shrub has glossy leaves marbled with cream and sometimes tinged with pink or bronze when new. Clusters of small, fragrant white flowers emerge in late summer and autumn.


Though it prefers full sun, it will happily sit in partial or even full shade though it won't do much for the colour.


The soil should be well drained.

Young plants may not flower for the first couple of years.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering September - December
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 40 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container, Rock garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From March to September