Pot Size: 9cm
Plant Height (Inc. Pot): 15-25cm
Characteristics: Evergreen shrub with holly-like foliage which is variegated and with fragrant flowers.
Growth & Spread: Slow growing. Heights can reach 1.25 to 3.0 m and spreads up to 2.0 to 3.0 m.
Flourishing Season: Juvenile plants may not flower, flowers in the late summer to autumn, in September to December.
Water & Maintenance: Needs regularly water, but avoid overwatering. Low to medium maintenance.
“Goshiki” is also known as holly olive or fake holly. It is an evergreen shrub with the capacity to grow very large in its native habitats in southern Japan and Taiwan. It is slow growing and well-used as a dense hedge row.
In the fall, small clusters of four-petaled flowers bloom. These fragrant flowers often hide themselves among the leaves and form on leaf axils. The variegated leaves have tinges of reds and oranges when they first emerge. After emerging, they turn to the more traditional colours of light greens and creamy whites.
Also, the leaves have sharp, teeth-like points that form along the edges. The sharpness of the teeth is often associated with a particular sex, as these plants are dioecious – having male and female plants with sex-associated flowers.
Although these plants can grow in shade and partially shaded areas, the best contrasting colours of foliage are produced in full sun.
As they are evergreen, they perform well in borders and garden beds. In addition, it is good for use as a container plant and for more informal gardens and cottage areas.
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