Variegated Holly Olive, Variegated False Holly
Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Variegatus'

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Osmanthus (os-MAN-thus) (Info)
Species: heterophyllus (het-er-oh-FIL-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegatus

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

Variegated

Aromatic

Other details:

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:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phenix City, Alabama

San Jose, California

Wilmington, Delaware

Lake City, Florida

Bishopville, Maryland

Laurel, Maryland

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Mar 6, 2008, RonDEZone7a from Wilmington, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

I live in Zone 7a in Wilmington, Delaware and I have found this plant and variety "Variegatus" to be reliably hardy. This variety does well in sun or shade but can get browned from winter sun if it is too intense (like if planted along a south-facing wall and there is glare from snow, for example). Mine do better in part sun / part shade and even grow well on the cooler north side of my house, where they have never shown any winter damage.

Positive

On Apr 21, 2005, joshz8a from z8a, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Have grown this plant in a 14" clay container for at least 8 years outside year round in Z8a, started off in full sun until noon, full shade thereafter. For past year I've grown it in full sun and it's adapted well. In winter it gets some pink coloring to the lovely white/green variegated leaves, but holds leaves well. Nice for cutting to add to arrangements (main reason it's still about 5 feet tall x 18 inches). Never any pests or disease. josh z8a