* Common name: False holly ‘Goshiki’
* Botanical name: Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’
* What it is: A slow-growing, broad-leafed evergreen with spiny leaves… a dead ringer for a holly. This one is a variegated type with primarily green leaves with gold and cream speckling. New growth is a blend of pink and bronze. Discovered by York County’s Barry Yinger. A little hard to find in garden centers so grab one if you see it.
* Size: Slow-grower to about 5 feet tall, 4 feet wide in 10 years.
* Where to use: Nice specimen in a partly shaded area, such as along an eastern foundation or next to a water garden. Best in dappled light or part shade.
* Care: Not much. No spraying needed. Water in early years, then it’s pretty drought-tough. Give a light trim in early spring if you want to control size or keep it extra neat.
* Great partner: Surround with a mass planting of heart-shaped ginger, barrenwort (Epimedium) or Lenten rose (Helleborus).