The first thing you notice about this plant is the variation. The varietal name ‘Goshiki’ means five colored in Japanese. Along with the many grades of white, creams and greens, pink and orange often appear in the juvenile leaves.
Pronunciation: os-MAN-thus het-er-oh-FIL-us
Species Meaning: Differently leaved
The false holly is very easy to grow in full sun to deep shade, although it will flower less in more shade. It prefers well-drained soil and is drought tolerant once established. Can be pruned in summer to keep its shape, and this also stimulates a new flush of growth. The leaves are 1-2″ long and 1″ wide with seven to nine spines. Osmanthus spines are softer and less prone to puncture than a true holly.
Give it a little bit of shade and it is more likely to produce a wide range of colors.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P19021
Found in Conifer Forest,
At the top of the hill towards Gondwana. It is a little hidden today, but should stand out a lot more as it gets a little bigger.
We acquired this plant from Xera Plants.