Common name: False holly ‘Goshiki’
Botanical name: Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’
What it is: A slow growing, broad leaf evergreen with spiny leaves…a dead ringer for a holly. This one is a variegated type with primarily green leaves with gold and cream speckling. New growth is a blend of pink and bronze. Discovered by Barry Yinger of York County. A little hard to find in garden centers so grab one if you see it. It is well worth taking the extra time to look for it.
Size: Slow-grower to about 5 feet tall, 4 feet wide in ten years.
Where to use: Nice specimen in lightly shaded area, such as along an eastern foundation or next to a water garden. Best in dappled light or part shade.
Why I like it: It doesn’t take much care. You’ll only need to give it a light trim in the early spring if you want to keep it extra neat. No spraying is need and it is pretty drought tolerant. Its leaves are lighter than the traditional hollies so it helps to lighten up a dark area. Since it is a slow-grower, it stays compact. It looks really nice when it is used in holiday decorating.