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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
holly olive Chinese holly
Osmanthus ilicifolius Osmanthus aquifolium
Osmanthus can be evergreen shrubs or small trees with leathery, opposite leaves and small, usually fragrant, tubular white, yellow or orange flowers with 4 lobes, followed by ovoid blue-black fruits
A large, dense, evergreen shrub, ultimately reaching 5m, with holly-like, dark green, leathery leaves with spiny edges, especially on young plants. Small clusters of small, fragrant, tubular, white flowers appear in late summer to autumn, followed by blue-black berries
Japan & Taiwan
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect East-facing or North-facing or South-facing or West-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
SoilChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grows in most well-drained soils, in sun or semi-shade
Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Hedging & Screens Low Maintenance
City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden
Pruning Pruning group 8
Pests Generally pest-free
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