Osmanthus heterophyllus Kembu Oleaceae
Kembu Holly Osmanthus, Kembu Osmanthus oz-MAN-thus het-er-o-FIL-us
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, upright, variegated, slow growing, may reach 5 ft by 4 ft (1.5 × 1.5 m);
reportedly fewer thorns than other cultivars. Leaves narrow, 4-5 cm long and 1-2 cm wide, gray to dark green with cream
splotches and margins.
- Sun to part shade prefers fertile, moist, well drained, acid soil, but tolerates higher pH soils.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 6.
- Kembu: "sword dance" in Japanese.