Scientific Name: Osmanthus heterophyllus
Common Name: variegated holly osmanthus, false holly
Family Name: Oleaceae
Origin: Garden origin, S.E. Asia / Japan / China
Hardiness Zone: Zone 7: (-18 to -12 °C)
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Mature Size: 3 - 5m x 4 - 5m (height x width)
Habit: Dense, Upright
Form: Round
Texture: Medium
Landscape Uses: Container planting, Hedge row, Mixed shrub border, Topiary
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade, Sheltered
Soil or Media: Acidic, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Opposite, Leathery, Prickly, Glabrous, Lustrous, Elliptic, Oblanceolate, Oblong, Ovate, Entire, Incised
Flowers: Flowers clustered, White, Sep-Oct
Key ID Features:
Large evergreen shrub; leaves opposite, ovate-elliptic to oblong-oblanceolate, most 4-8cm long x 2-4cm wide, variegated, margins spinose (look like a variegated Ilex aquifolium except Ilex has alternate leaves); flowers white, fragrant, clusters, tubular, in fall, about 5mm wide.