Grown as a large shrub, Osmanthus heterophyllus (Holly Osmanthus) is native to Eastern Asia and can reach up to 5-10 ft tall. Its foliage is attractive and ornamental, making it a great addition to any garden. Osmanthus heterophyllus is a popular choice for bonsai designs, as well.
It displays a wealth of features that make it a great addition to any garden. Its dense foliage is composed of bright, dark green, holly-like leaves, perfect for providing an attractive, evergreen backdrop for other plants throughout the year. In late spring, the shrub bears small, off-white flowers which give off a lovely, fragrant perfume.
Osmanthus heterophyllus prefers full sun or semi-shade, however shade is tolerated as well. It should be watered regularly, taking care to not over-water the shrub. In cold regions the shrub may need to be grown in a pot, to provide protection from frost in the winter months. When grown in a pot, take care to provide regular water and ensure the pot has adequate drainage.
Osmanthus heterophyllus is an ideal choice for adding a beautiful ornamental foliage, fragrant flowers and evergreen backdrop to any garden. Its dense foliage also makes it a great choice for use as a hedge.