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Osmanthus heterophyllus - 'Variegatus' (Tea Olive, Variegated Osmanthus)

Osmanthus heterophyllus - 'Variegatus' (Tea Olive, Variegated Osmanthus)
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Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Hedging & Screening, Evergreen, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours White Flowers (Autumn), Variegated green-gold Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Osmanthus heterophyllus Description

This tall Osmanthus makes a good, if slow growing alternative to an ornamental holly, with attractive cream white evergreen foliage. Good at the back of a large mixed border where it can provide height and some winter interest with attractive variegated foliage, or as an ornamental addition to a woodland garden. The additional interest of scented autumn blossom is also a bonus.


Osmanthus heterophyllus - Cultivation Notes

This larger Osmanthus shrub may be slow growing but it will eventually grow up to become a small tree, so ideally plant towards the back of a border where it has the space it requires. Osmanthus is generally hardy, however avoid planting in very exposed or hot dry areas, preferring a moist fertile soil in a sheltered spot; this variety is especially well suited to planting in larger gardens in an informal woodland setting. Trim to shape as necessary and mulch with compost every few years to feed.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Osmanthus heterophyllus:

  • Scented blossom
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Suitable for hedging or topiary
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Osmanthus heterophyllus

  • Will not tolerate exposed, cold or hot and sunny locations
  • Does not tolerate very dry or very wet soils

Design & Plant Use for Osmanthus heterophyllus:

  • Evergreen plant suitable for trimming to shape or topiary
  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Ideal flowering shrub for problem clay soils

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Common Missspellings: Osmanthas, Osmanthis, Ozmanthus, Ozmanthis

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