Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’

variegated false holly

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  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki' is an extremely tough, strikingly variegated evergreen shrub. Goshiki means 'five colored' in Japanese and refers to the various colors found on each leaf. Cream, pink, orange, yellow, and white appear as attractive spots and swirls that combine together to create an eye-catching display. Use it to brighten up a shady corner or set it against a background of dark evergreens. It makes a colorful informal hedge and can also be kept in a large container for many years. The bright year-round color and easy cultivation make it a great choice for landscapes in the Northwest. Osmanthus heterophyllus is known for its wonderfully fragrant fall flowers, but this cultivar-at least when young-does not flower.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to deep shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established, but appreciates occasional watering

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: silver, gold, variegated, bronze

Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse, blue

Culture Notes
The false holly is very easy to grow in full sun to deep shade, although it will flower less in more shade. It prefers well-drained soil, but will tolerate sand and clay. It is drought tolerant once established, but would appreciate occasional watering during dry weather, especially if in a sandy site. It can grow openly while it is young, particularly if it is in shade- light pruning can help keep this shrub dense in youth.