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Osmanthus O. heterophyllus 'Gulftide' - False Holly from Historyland Nursery

Osmanthus O. heterophyllus 'Gulftide' - False Holly from Historyland Nursery

Osmanthus O. heterophyllus 'Gulftide'

False Holly

Categories: Shrub

The Gulftide has a compact, upright form with glossy dark green foliage and prominent spiny margins. White flowers are largely hidden on this plant but you know they are there because of their fragrance. The growth rate is slow to medium but that doesn't stop the Gulftide from being used in borders, screens, hedges, a formal specimen, by walks and entrances....it will also make an excellent barrier planting. 

We offer the Gulftide in a 5 gallon container. 

More About Osmanthus O. heterophyllus 'Gulftide'

  • Compact, upright form
  • More cold hardy than the species
  • No serious diseases and insects
  • Easily transplanted from containers
  • More shade tolerant

Interesting Notes:

Extremely glossy green foliage and prominate spiny margins and a slight twist. The leaves become progressively less spiny with maturity of the plant. Gulftide is more cold hardy than others of the species.

False Holly Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easily transplanted from containers

Prefers fertile, moist, well-drained acid soil

Will withstand heavy pruning

If planted in full sun, it may discolor slightly, prefers partial shade.


8-10 ft

Hardiness Zone:

(6)7 to 9

Osmanthus O. heterophyllus 'Gulftide' Characteristics


  • Partial Sun

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant


  • Cold Tolerant
  • Mass Planting
  • Evergreen
  • Low Maintenance
  • Fragrant

Foliage Color

  • Yellow
  • Dark Green
  • Green


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring
  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring Bloomer
  • Fall

Plants that work well with Osmanthus O. heterophyllus 'Gulftide'

Winter Gem Boxwood Winter Gem Boxwood (Buxus var. koreana 'Winter Gem')
Heavenly Bamboo Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica)