False Holly

Osmanthus heterophyllus

False Holly - Osmanthus heterophyllus

Common Name: False Holly
Genus: Osmanthus
Species: heterophyllus

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 3.00 m (300 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 3.50 m (350 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

This dense rounded evergreen shrub has glossy dark green holly like leaves and fabulous jasmine scented tubular flowers from late summer to autumn followed by oval blue-black fruit. A great structural plant for a shrub or mixed border in sun or part shade it needs to be protected from cold north and east winds.

  • Garden care: Minimal pruning is required. Remove misplaced dead or diseased branches in late spring and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.


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