Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Gulftide'

Osmanthus heterophyllus &
Gulftide Osmanthus
Osmanthus heterophyllus &

Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Gulftide'

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Holly Olive ‘Gulf tide’

Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Gulftide'

Although the shiny and spiny dark green foliage of this Osmanthus does resemble that of holly, ‘Gulftide’s leaves appear opposite each other on the branches rather than alternating as those of holly do. Also, the cultivar’s clusters of tiny white autumn flowers boast a sweet, jasmine-like scent and are followed by black rather than red berries when the bush chooses to fruit, which reportedly doesn’t happen often. So you don’t need to fear a tidal wave of seedlings later!

This cultivar offers small, glossy leaves and dense growth.  It can grow to 8 feet in height and 5 feet in width in USDA zones 6-11.

Additional Information:

Latin Name: Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Gulftide'
Plant Type: Shrub
Shrub Type: Broadleaf
Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Deer Resistant: Yes
Mature Height: 8-10 Feet
Mature Width: 7-9 Feet
Recommended Spacing: 2.5 ft apart
Habit: Upright
Hardiness Zone: Zone 6-11
Water Needs: Average
Maintenance: Easy
Additional attribute:
Year-round Interest
Drought Tolerate
Landscape Uses:
Border, Hedge, Woodland Garden.

Culture:  Although it prefers fertile, moist, and acidic soil, holly olive will tolerate most soil types and thrive in partial shade as well as full sun. Its dense, compact growth and ease of culture makes it a good hedge or privacy screening plant. Since it blooms on old wood, it may not flower when young.



Heavy or 'Hvy' trees/shrubs is the distinction between the fullness and width of the plant. Heavy plants have been trimmed to promote the growth of the plant to be full and/or wider then the non-heavy plant. 

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