Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Ogon'

Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Ogon’

Golden false holly

  • Botanical name: Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Ogon'
  • Common name: Golden false holly
  • Family: Oleaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Evergreen
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Golden false holly, Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Ogon’, is a delightful Japanese shrub bearing waxy, deer-resistant golden-yellow leaves that mature to green in summer. Slow growing, it forms a low, wide habit before, eventually, developing a pyramid shape. 


For best results grow Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Ogon’ in moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered spot in partial shade. 

How to grow Osmanthus 'Ogon'

  • Plant size

    1.2m height

    1.2m spread

  • Aspect

    East facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Partial shade
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline / acidic

Plant calendar

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Do not Plant in December


Do not Prune in January

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Do Prune in September

Do Prune in October

Do Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Osmanthus 'Ogon' and wildlife

Osmanthus 'Ogon' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Osmanthus 'Ogon' poisonous?

Osmanthus 'Ogon' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People