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PlantFiles: Holly Olive, False Holly
Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Sasaba'

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

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

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


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


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:

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

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive holly_grower On May 19, 2013, holly_grower from Bear, DE wrote:

Fascinating and unusual leaf shape. I have propagated this plant from semi-hardwood cuttings in August, wounding once, dipping in Hormodin #3 dust, sticking in 1:1 peat moss:Perlite, and keeping in high humidity for several months. The cuttings root rather slowly, producing long, thick brown roots. They were overwintered in an unheated cold frame before repotting in spring.

Neutral claypa On Jan 6, 2009, claypa from West Pottsgrove, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

From Japan, 'Sasaba' means bamboo leaf. Introduced in the US by Brookside Gardens in Maryland.


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

Bear, Delaware
Saint Louis, Missouri

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