The Holly-like Goshiki Osmanthus Will Brighten Up Your Landscape
The Goshiki variety of Osmanthus (Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’) is nothing short of stunning, and you’ll undoubtedly want to plant this beauty in your yard. Its pointed leaves resemble a holly bush and have a leathery texture. Sometimes called Osmanthus Goshiki False Holly, it's a great addition to any landscape.
New growth is pink, but it matures into a sophisticated green with yellow, white, and gold splotches. These beautiful leaves are evergreen if the climate is warm enough, making it a treat to look at all year long.
Osmanthus Goshiki False Holly will develop small white blooms in late summer and early fall but are hidden by the leaves, so you likely won’t see them unless you’re looking for them.
This Goshiki Holly Osmanthus is eye-catching when planted alone in your landscape or a container, but you can plant several of them near each other to form a privacy hedge. However you choose to use them, they’re sure to make a statement in your garden.
Goshiki False Holly Care
The Goshiki Osmanthus thrives in hardiness zones 6-9. It doesn’t like extremely hot and cold temperatures, so it’s best suited for a temperate climate.
If you live in an area with hot summers, plant Osmanthus where it can receive shade in the afternoon. If you live in a cold area, the plant may die back in the winter or die completely, depending on how cold it gets. You can bring it indoors or heavily mulch it and cover it to protect it from harsh temperatures.
The Osmanthus Goshiki shrub thrives in full sun in temperate climates. If summer brings consistent extreme temperatures where you live, you’ll need to provide your plant afternoon shade, whether from a nearby tree or a shade cloth.
Too much shade in cool or temperate areas is a bad thing and will result in leggy growth, so make sure your shrub will get enough light.
Osmanthus is drought tolerant once well established, but young plants and extreme temperatures will cause the plant to need more water. Try to keep the soil consistently moist, but don’t allow the soil to be wet or soggy.
Goshiki Osmanthus is tolerant of most soil types like heavy clay, loam, or sand. If you can choose the soil available, aim for something rich in nutrients and well-draining. The shrub won’t require much fertilizing, so applying slow-release fertilizer or compost once or twice a year should be enough for it if you can start with rich soil.
Osmanthus Goshiki Size
The plant typically grows 5-10 feet tall and 4-8 feet wide. You can prune it to keep it relatively small or allow it to grow freely to create a remarkable centerpiece in your landscape.
Osmanthus Goshiki Pruning Requirements
Goshiki Osmanthus is a fairly compact shrub, but it may grow rapidly with the right amount of water and sunlight. If you want the shrub to maintain a compact and uniform size, you can trim new growth to encourage the plant to keep a bushy growth habit rather than forming long stems.
You can also trim it to a specific height or shape if you’re forming a hedge with multiple plants. If you don’t mind letting the plant grow how it wants to, pruning isn’t necessary for the plant to be happy.
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Full Sun / Partial Shade
Growing Zones 6, 7, 8, 9