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Olive Holly

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The Olive Holly is a cultivated form of Osmanthus, which is closer-related to olives than it is to holly. It comes in a 4" tall by 4" wide plastic nursery pot. They do well in full sun. This houseplant is pet-friendly!

Planter Size

Small: 4" H x 4" WSize Guide

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Plant Care

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    • Bright
    • As many hours of direct sun indoors as possible.
  • SUN EXPOSURE Icon Dropdown Arrow
    • Direct
    • Prefers a window that receives direct sun all day.
  • WATER Icon Dropdown Arrow
    • About every 5-10 days
    • When potting mix is half-dry to dry, about 2" down.
  • HUMIDITY Icon Dropdown Arrow
    • Normal to Low Humidity
    • Normal to low humidity — and temperates below 75°F.
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Plant Origins

Japan and Taiwan

Plant Bio

Osmanthus heterophylla is actually related to olives, and like olive trees, produces ultra fragrant flowers when mature. The species epithet 'heterophylla' refers to how the leaf margins change from jagged when the plant is juvenile to smooth when mature. It is thought that the jagged leaves are closer to the ground to deter herbivores from eating it. It is an ancient and famous plant in Japan — being mentioned in the Kojiki, the oldest historical record in Japan. According to the University of California, they are believed to be safe for pets.

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