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Gulftide Osmanthus

Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Gulftide'

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Gulftide Osmanthus

Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Gulftide'

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Special Features
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Deer Resistant
Fall Color
Tolerates Acidic Soil

Botanical Name

Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Gulftide'

Outdoor Growing zone


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Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade



The Gulftide False Holly is an ideal evergreen shrub for every garden. It has beautiful deep green glossy leaves, with spines on young leaves like a holly bush. Leaves on mature plants have few or no spines. It will grow in areas with winter temperatures down to minus 10 degrees, and in all the warmer parts of the country. It major feature is the small white blossoms that come in September or October, wafting the rich perfume of apricots across the garden and bringing romance to the end of the growing season. It will grow to around 5 feet tall and 3 feet across, so it can be grown in even a small garden. It grows well in partial or full shade, filling those awkward corners with its beautiful dense growth and rich-green leaves. Even without blooms this would be a valuable plant, and with them it is something special that should find a home in any garden warm enough to accommodate it.

  • Deep-green leaves resemble holly
  • Perfect medium-size shrub for any garden
  • Exotically scented white flowers in fall
  • Shade tolerant and always attractive
  • Deer resistant and pest free

Plant the Gulftide False Holly in ordinary garden soil enriched with organic material. It will grow in all kinds of soil, including heavy clay. Water regularly when young, until it is well established in your garden. Then it will be tolerant of normal drought conditions. It has no significant pests or diseases and best of all, it is not eaten by deer. It can be grown as a specimen plant, mixed with other shrubs, or made into a beautiful hedge.

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