SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Sacramento State University - Sacramento, CA, Quail Botanical Gardens - Encinitas, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia, CA and UC Santa Cruz Arboretum - Santa Cruz, CA
Utility friendly tree.
Leaves of this species have holly-like leaves. Cultivar 'Rotundifolius' has small smooth leaves.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to Eastern Asia and Japan.
Additional Common Names
HOLLY-LEAF OSMANTHUS, FALSE HOLLY
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 10 - 20 feet.
Width: 10 - 20 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Elliptic and Hollylike, Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant Flowers in Fall, Winter or Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Black or Mostly Blue Drupe, Very Small (Under 0.25 inches), fruiting in Spring or Summer Wildlife use it.
Bark Dark Brown or Light Green, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 4 - 10 and 14 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 7 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Moist to Dry Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Wildlife use Fruit.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Osmanthus heterophyllus Tree Record." 1995-2020. Feb 27, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/osmanthus-heterophyllus >
SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
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