Saturday, 2 September 2017

✅✅✅ ORBEA VARIEGATA OSMANTHUS HETEROPHYLLUS VARIEGATED FALSE HOLLY



Also known as Osmanthus ilicifolius (Holly- leafed osmanthus), this dense, woody- ’ stemmed shrub has prickly, glossy leaves that are arranged in pairs. 

The leaves of ‘Variegatus’ are about 21/2in/6.5cm long and have creamy white markings, sometimes with a tinge of pink at the margins. The shape of the leaves varies, even on the same plant.



Some may be almost egg-shaped with smooth edges and a single spine at the tip, while others may be elliptic, with a number of large spiny teeth, including a long spine at the tip. 


Plants grown indoors only rarely produce small, white, scented flowers in fall.





FACT FILE ORBEA VARIEGATA OSMANTHUS HETEROPHYLLUS ‘Variegatus’ Oleaceae   VARIEGATED FALSE HOLLY



ORIGIN: Japan; cultivar.

HEIGHT:  6ft/1.8m in a container.

POTTING MIX: Soil-based.

REPOTTING: Move into a pot one size larger each spring.

PROPAGATION: Take tip cuttings, with a heel, in spring or summer.

KEEPING PLANTS: Pinch off growing tips regularly to prevent the plant becoming lanky.



PLANT CARE ORBEA VARIEGATA OSMANTHUS HETEROPHYLLUS ‘Variegatus’ Oleaceae   VARIEGATED FALSE HOLLY

  • Full sun.
  • Cool temperature, ideally between 55°-65°F/13°-18°C at all times.


  • Water moderately throughout the year. 
  • Feed actively growing plants every 2 weeks

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