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Variegated False Holly - Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Variegatus' - 3 Gallon Pot

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Variegated False Holly 
Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Variegatus' 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones:  7a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note: For our customers who live and garden North of USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Osmanthus variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

Variegated False Holly, is an eyecatching evergreen shrub with striking variegated white and green foliage and fragrant blooms on an upright, rounded pyramidal form. Plants can be pruned for a rounded shape. The foliage radiates year round with creamy white leaves painted with dark mint-green. The fragrant white flowers appear in spring. This beauty is truly in a class of its own - a must for the gardener that enjoys unique and unusual plants.  

Landscape & Garden Uses

With it's outstanding color and pyramidal form to 6 to 8 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet tall, the Variegated False Holly (Osmanthus) is ideal for use as an accent, in groupings, or as a hedge in landscape borders and home foundation plantings. Also makes a fine container garden plant. A fine addition to fragrance gardens and Asian gardens.

Suggested Spacing:  3-4' for hedges;  10 feet for space between plants.

Cultural Preferences

Variegated False Holly is easy to grow in most any moist but well-drained soil of average fertility and full sun to part shade. That said, in our north central Georgia gardens it performs better when provided some shade or filtered sun during the hottest part of the day. Maintenance is minimal; requiring little if any maintenance to keep its dense, pyramidal form. It's also disease, fungus, and pest resistant. Plants will be fuller with some shade. Part sun to mostly sun is preferred. It performs its absolute best with a break from the direct sun during the hottest part of summer afternoons. Constantly soggy or wet soils can be problematic. Just make sure to plant it in a well-drained site.

Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to find advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Osmanthus and Tea Olive shrubs.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub
Height at Maturity:  6-8'
Width at Maturity: 4'-5'
Spacing:  3-4' for solid hedges;  6' + for space between plants
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Small
Flowering Period:  Spring
Flower Type:  Single in small clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes
Foliage Color:  Creamy White, White, Bronze-Red, Medium Green, Dark Green 
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Mostly Sun to Part Shade. Best if kept out of the hottest part of the day mid-afternoon sun
Water Needs:  Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained 
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.5 (Moderately Acid to Slightly Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Low 
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Drought (when established), Heat, Humidity, Insect, Disease

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