Evergreen shrub with upright, spreading, rounded habit. Leaves from elliptic to ovate, 6-8 cm long, 4-5 cm wide, leathery with margins that are usually acuminate, glossy dark green on the upper side, pale green underneath. Flowers in summer-autumn, pure white, axillary, not very showy as they are hidden by dense foliage but their presence is felt even at a distance because they leave a strong, sweet fragrance in the air. Very hardy, immune to disease, very resistant to parasites, grows well in all types of soil.
Latin Name: Osmanthus Aquifolium
English Name: Holly Olive, False Holly
Foliage Type: Evergreen.
Flower: White Flowers and Black Berries (all are rare).
Flowering Period: Autumn.
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Well-Drained. Chalk. Clay. Loam. Sand.
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight or Partial Shade.
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered or Exposed.
Hardiness Rating: High (H5)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -15 °C to -10 °C (5 °F to 14 °F)
Suggested Uses: Hedging. Embankments. Coastal styles.
Maintenance: Trimming and shaping each year in the late-spring or after flowering in the autumn.
Growth Habit: Bushy/Shrub.
Growth Speed: Slow.
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