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Goshiki False Holly
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Goshiki False Holly says “Do not enter” in the most beautiful way! This fierce evergreen Accentfeatures gorgeous, prickly leaves that encourage admirers to look but not touch. The spiky green leaves, generously splattered and splotched with flecks of creamy yellow, are a visual treat all year long. In spring, they shine even brighter when the new growth emerges with pink and copper tints. Goshiki is a compact grower that excels in foundation beds, patio plantings, mixed borders, or any of the more formal areas around your home. It also makes a superb large container subject.
The False Hollies, a.k.a. Osmanthus, mostly hail from China and Japan, where they take many forms. These Olive relatives can be low and shrubby or large and tree-like. Goshiki is a beloved selection of a species native to Japan and Taiwan. It was discovered in Japan many years ago. “Goshiki” in Japanese means “five colors,” a reference to the varied hues exhibited by the new foliage. Valued for its toughness, adaptability, and striking good looks, Goshiki has risen to the top of many gardeners’ wish lists. It is one of the most popular False Hollies you can buy.
A wonderful bonus when Goshiki False Holly reaches maturity: fragrant flowers! After several years, Goshiki begins to produce tiny white blossoms that emit a heavenly, fruity perfume that some compare to ripe apricots. They appear in the fall, when fragrant flowers are a delicious surprise.
How to Grow
Goshiki False Holly is simple to grow and is remarkably free from disease or insect pests. Growth will be densest in full sun. In very hot climates, intense sunlight can cause the colors to fade, so afternoon shade may be warranted in the South. Provide regular water during the establishment period; after a year or two, Goshiki will be able to get by on less moisture. This selection reaches its greatest potential in mild-winter regions, as in the Deep South and the Pacific Northwest. It tolerates temperatures down to about -5ºF. Site it next to a building or warm wall in areas where it is borderline-hardy.
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