Pot Size: 9cm
Plant Height (Inc. Pot): 15-25cm
Characteristics: A holly-like plant, with spiny variegated foliage with dark greens and creamy whites.
Growth & Spread: Slow growing. A height of 1.5 to 3.25 m and a spread of 1.5 to 2.25 m.
Flourishing Season: Small and white fragrant flowers towards the end of summer and beginning of autumn in September and October.
Water & Maintenance: Prefers regular watering to stay moist, but is drought tolerant. It is considered a plant of low to medium maintenance.
“Variegatus” or holly olive is a broadleafed evergreen with shiny, dark green leaves. These leaves have spiky teeth and fantastic modern art-like combinations of creamy whites and dark greens mixed together on its leaves, though the white tends towards the fringes.
Sun to partial sun is its preferred location. Although it is tolerant of most soil types. Small and fragrant, tubular flowers appear in the very late summer and autumn throughout the shrub. Although fruiting does occur as small spherical, black berries, the production is usually minimal.
Originating from Japan, this cultivar of Osmanthus is considered more prone to cold or frost damage than related plants. As such, winter protection is encouraged including ground mulch and planting in more sheltered areas. One suggestion, is to plant in a container if it is being used for patio or courtyard purposes.
Other areas where this plant is suggested for use include: along foundation areas, as part of a mixed border planting, a privacy hedge where some sheltering can be provided, for coastal planting and as a part of an informal woodland garden setting.
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