Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Kaori Hime’

('Gulftide', False Holly)


Hardiness Zones:

 6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

This has to be one of the most incredible new introductions of this species in recent memory. ( Nurseries Caroliniana ) “We found this cultivar in Japan in November, 2009 and the parent plant was in full flower”. The leaves are typical of this species, but are only 3/8″ long. But the most remarkable thing about it is that it will flower when only a few inches tall. Many plants this dwarf rarely flower, if ever, but the flowers are full size, so they put on quite a show and are just as fragrant as the species. The ultimate size of this cultivar is unknown, but it is thought to only get 1 to 2′ in height. Ideal for a rock garden or very confined spaces or even as a container plant. A good candidate for bonsai.


Winter hardy to USDA Zone 7 (perhaps Zone 6). If grown in Zone 6, it should be sited in a protected location with a winter mulch. It is best grown in rich, consistently moist, well-drained garden soils in full sun to part shade. Best with part afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Tolerates heavy clay soils. Drought tolerant once established.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

'Gulftide', False Holly

Botanical Name

Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Gulftide'


2 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun


2 ft


2 ft.

Soil Condition

Dry Soils

Water Needs


Blooming Period


Flower Color




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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