Holly olive ‘Goshiki’

bushy evergreen shrub prized for its variegated and colourful holly-like foliage.


Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’
aka Variegated Holly-leaf osmanthus
  • evergreen shrub
  • slow-growing, compact and rounded
  • spiny cream-marbled, dark green leaves
  • flushed pink or bronze in Spring
  • small, fragrant flower clusters from late summer into autumn.

H 1.5m
W 1.5m

Full sun to part shade

Moist well-drained


Notes: Purchased 2021 mail order from Gardening Express for the Japanesque garden. Had grown this plant in London garden but did not take cuttings. Never noticed any blooms probably because it was growing in dry shade but any flowers tend to be hidden by the foliage.

Origins: Native to Japan. ‘Goshiki’ means 5 colours in reference to the variegation