Spacing: 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m) 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m) 10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m) 12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m) 15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade Light Shade
Danger: Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling
Bloom Color: White/Near White
Bloom Time: Late Summer/Early Fall
Foliage: Grown for foliage Evergreen Variegated Mottled
Other details: Flowers are fragrant Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From semi-hardwood cuttings From hardwood heel cuttings
Seed Collecting: N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
On May 19, 2013, holly_grower from Bear, DE wrote:
Great for use in cut flower arrangements at Christmastime. Prune branch tips in the summer to induce a fresh flush of growth that will likely hold its varied colors into early winter. A few highly fragrant flowers in November add to the plant's appeal.
On Dec 22, 2012, Meehlticket from Daphne, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:
My plant, that my husband obtained from our local Master Gardener plant sale three years ago, is doing fine. Planted between three roses, it has thrived in our very acidic loamy sand soil with at least eight hours of full sun. Hardiness zone 8b, coastal Alabama. The leaves do become more pale the more sun it gets.
On Apr 21, 2005, joshz8a from z8a, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:
I've grown this in a 12" container for 5 years, outside here in Z8a yearround. Morning sun til noon, afternoon full shade. Keeps its variegation well in these conditions. The foliage colors of cream, white, some pink, and green are a little too "busy" for my liking. I've had the more simple clean white/green O. heterophyllus variegatus for perhaps 8 years, love it, and thought the 'Goshiki' might be even better. The 'Goshiki' leaves are a little larger and somehow just aren't as attractive to me, but it's healthy and thriving. I ordered by mail...perhaps the one time I've been disappointed in a plant I'd only read about, not seen beforehand. The catalog description/photo was very accurate...the reality was just not as pretty. josh z8a
On Aug 18, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
San Antonio, TX
Becoming more common in nurseries throughout the south, 'Goshiki' was introduced from Japan by Barry Yinger who works for Hines Nursery in California which has been instrumental in introducing a number of new plants into the US nursery trade.
'Goshiki' means "five colors" in Japanese and aptly describes the foliage. New growth is pink/bronze tinged maturing to a collage of daubs and/or flecks of gray-green, yellow-green, gold and cream. The leaves are 1-2" long and 1" wide with seven to nine spines. Osmanthus spines are softer and less prone to puncture than a true holly.
Small white four-petaled blooms hidden in the foliage appear in September and October and are fragrant. Usually, the plants do not set fruit in cultivation. It is upright, spreading and oval in form with very dense foliage having a slow to medium growth rate (4 to 6 inches per year). It is easily maintained at a desired shape and size by pruning.
Be sure to plant in filtered sun or partial shade in order to produce the coloration. It prefers a moist, light, well drained soil and must be watered during dry periods. In addition, it does not prefer exposed areas.
I have 2 small plants growing in pots in filtered shade which are doing well. The foliage is beautiful and brightens up the shadier area of my yard.
Update 2/9/09 - Both plants developed some type of fungus and I could not save them. They both died. I am saddened by this expensive loss and miss them.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Daphne, Alabama Ladonia, Alabama San Francisco, California San Jose, California Sanger, California East Haddam, Connecticut Bear, Delaware Pensacola, Florida Chicago, Illinois Galena, Indiana Taylorsville, Kentucky Bishopville, Maryland Chevy Chase, Maryland Naval Academy, Maryland North Laurel, Maryland Waynesboro, Mississippi Dunellen, New Jersey (2 reports) Garden City Park, New York Rochester, New York Cary, North Carolina (2 reports) Barlow, Oregon Narberth, Pennsylvania Trenton, South Carolina Eagle Mountain, Texas San Antonio, Texas Great Falls, Virginia Lincolnia, Virginia Oakton, Virginia Langley, Washington Vancouver, Washington Walla Walla, Washington Walnut Grove, Washington