Plant Care Holly Osmanthus

Holly Osmanthus

About Holly Osmanthus

False Holly is a large, dense, upright, oval-rounded evergreen shrub that grows to 15' tall. It blooms in the late fall into winter and has inconspicuous flowers that are highly aromatic and pungently sweet. The plant is used in hedges, screens, foundations, barriers, or as a specimen plant.


Osmanthus heterophyllus

Also known as

Holly olive and False holly

How to care for Holly Osmanthus


How often to water your Holly Osmanthus

Water needs for Holly Osmanthus
0.5 cups
every 9

Holly Osmanthus needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Baltimore, Maryland.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Holly Osmanthus

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Holly Osmanthus in Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland

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Finding light for Holly Osmanthus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Holly Osmanthus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Holly Osmanthus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Baltimore, Maryland ⛅.

Holly Osmanthus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Holly Osmanthus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Holly Osmanthus: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Holly Osmanthus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Holly Osmanthus is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Holly Osmanthus

Holly Osmanthus

Holly Osmanthus

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Baltimore, Maryland, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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