Party Lights™ False Holly

Osmanthus heterophyllus 'sPg-3-021'

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Party Lights False Holly (Osmanthus heterophyllus 'sPg-3-021') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Party Lights™ False Holly foliage

Party Lights™ False Holly foliage

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Height:  5 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6a

Other Names:  Tea Olive, Olive Holly, Holly-Leaf Osmanthus

Brand:  Star Roses and Plants


This compact cultivar is similar in looks to holly, but it's actually related to lilac and privet; bright pink and white new foliage matures to olive green; flowers may not be showy but are extremely fragrant, blooming in fall; more adaptable than holly

Ornamental Features

Party Lights™ False Holly has attractive dark green foliage with pointy light green spines which emerges pink in spring on a plant with an oval habit of growth. The spiny pointy leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. It features subtle fragrant white flowers along the branches in mid fall. The smooth khaki (brownish-green) bark and burgundy branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Party Lights™ False Holly is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

Party Lights™ False Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Topiary

Planting & Growing

Party Lights™ False Holly will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Topiary 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features