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Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Gulftide'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Black and Blue in Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

holly olive 'Gulftide'

Family

Oleaceae


Osmanthus can be evergreen shrubs or small trees with leathery, opposite leaves and small, usually fragrant, tubular white, yellow or orange flowers with 4 lobes, followed by ovoid blue-black fruits

'Gulftide' is a dense medium-sized evergreen shrub with ovate, strongly spiny, dark green leaves up to 5cm in length. Small, fragrant white flowers in clusters from late summer, occasionally followed by blue-black berries

Synonym(s)

  • Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Gulf Tide'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Good for woodland gardens, in full sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Hedging/Screens


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free