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Osmanthus heterophyllus

Common Name(s):
False holly, Holly osmanthus, Holly tea olive
Cultivar(s):
Goshiki - green and gold variegated
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Drought and heat tolerant; can be severely pruned; makes a good screen; fragrant when in bloom; several cultivars available. Particularly resistant to damage by deer.

Height:
6-12 ft.
Foliage:
Opposite, simple, leathery, lustrous dark green leaves; 1-2.5 in. long; spiny pointed
Flower:
Small, white flowers in fall; very fragrant; bluish purple-black drupes
Zones:
6-9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; prefers fertile, moist, well-drained, acidic soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Dense, upright, oval to rounded shrub
Width:
5-10 ft.
Tags:
fragrant, deer resistant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 1690

Osmanthus heterophyllus Osmanthus heterophyllus as hedge
Photo by Phillip Merritt, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
Osmanthus heterophyllus Osmanthus heterophyllus leaf detail
Photo by Phillip Merritt, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0