Gulftide Osmanthus

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Handsome, Showy, Reliable Evergreen Gulftide Osmanthus

  • Excellent Evergreen Hedge
  • Dark Green, Glossy Leaves Are Held Lushly
  • Strongly Upright Growth
  • Holly-Like Young Leaves Become Less Spiny With Age
  • Unique Look and Excellent Performance
  • Can Be Sheared for Formal Look
  • Keep to Any Height
  • Create Living "Garden Walls"
  • Beautiful Barrier Plant
  • Enjoy Fragrant White Blooms in Fall
  • Flowers are Apricot-Scented
  • Tubular Flowers Draw Hummingbirds and Butterflies
  • Late Season Nectar Resource
  • Grows in Sun or Partial Shade
  • Tolerates High Heat and Humidity
  • This Cultivar is More Cold Hardy than Species Osmanthus
  • Becomes Tolerant of Periodic Drought Once Established
  • Protect from Wind in Zone 7
  • Deer Don't Prefer the Taste or Texture

Durable, attractive evergreen shrubs help both commercial and residential property owners easily make the most of their space. Sophisticated selections rely on a bold outline and interesting foliage.

Whether you install a "Living Fence" or use it to define garden rooms, Gulftide Osmanthus (Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Gulftide') grows into a beautiful, enduring accent. It is a wonderful evergreen to use in full sun or partial shade.

An upright growth habit grows in thick and lush. Young green foliage resembles spiny Holly leaves. In fact, you'll hear this plant called "False Holly".

However, as the leaves age, the spines tend to soften visually. With different leaf shapes growing on the same plant; Gulftide has a dynamic, dimensional appeal that helps it stand out from other evergreen selections.

Use to increase privacy all year-round. Grow it tall, or keep it at your preferred height with shearing.

The glossy, green, spiny leaves will definitely deter unwanted foot traffic. Protect your home with a sturdy, green fence.

Trim Gulftide Osmanthus tightly for a formal, manicured look, if you like. Just wait until after the tiny white flowers bloom in fall.

People swear the little tubular blooms smell like apricots. Cut several branches for fragrant filler material in cut flower arrangements for the Holiday season.

The fragrant white flowers are appreciated by butterflies and hummingbirds. Even honey bees and critical beneficial pollinators will leverage their late-season nectar.

Deer tend to give Gulftide a wide berth. They simply don't prefer to nibble on the leathery, spiny leaves.

In fact, this highly sought-after cultivar is reputed to be one of the best for gardens in areas with heavy deer pressure. However, it's important to note that our plant experts always recommend the use of deer repellent spray, starting on day one.

You'll be thrilled with the high quality of Nature Hills plant material. Add Gulftide Osmanthus this season, place your order now.

How to Use Gulftide Osmanthus in the Landscape

Relax in luxuriant style with a long hedge of Gulftide Osmanthus. Spiny, glossy evergreen leaves are an impenetrable physical and visual barrier.

Use them along your property line to augment the height of dictated hardscape fencing. Or, you can simply plant one or two strategically where you need them for an effective privacy screen.

Keep foot traffic off the lawn with a lawn planting. Try three or more in a loose triangle and mulch underneath.

Add to the edge of your courtyard. Run them along your pool deck.

You can even create a fantastic outdoor dining room with "living" walls. Their steady green tones, but delightfully varied foliage shapes keep your interest, but never steal the show.

Try this technique to gift yourself an outdoor Yoga Studio. No nosy neighbors will gawk at your downward dogs.

Perfect as a backdrop, Gulftide Osmanthus can be repeated at the back of your borders. Place them to the north of smaller shrubs and perennials for a lovely display.

Create a solid hedge with a three foot on center planting pattern. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

You can even double-up in some areas to create a drift. Start and end your hedge with a single plant, and go two or three deep as needed for extra privacy.

These formal plants will always look terrific. Why not try growing it out into its natural shape for a very modern feel?

#ProPlantTips for Care

Give your Gulftide Osmanthus at least four hours a day. They'll thrive in full sun or partial shade,which is such a boon for long hedges that run through both conditions.

Well-drained soil is a must. They'll grow nicely even in clay, as long as the water sheds away quickly. Elevate in a raised bed, if you need to.

Apply a medium amount of water on a regular basis. Even though this tough plant survives periodic droughts, you'll protect your investment with supplemental water.

Mulch also supports your plants. Add a three-inch layer over the root system, but please pull it back from the stems.

Prune to shape or shear in late winter. Keep the base wider than the top to ensure plenty of sunlight at the base of your beautiful Gulftides.

Every year, your plantings should look better and better. Apply a slow-release evergreen fertilizer formula as directed on the label.

Get a huge head start with help from Nature Hills. Order commercial-grade Gulftide Osmanthus plant material from our expert growers today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Gulftide Osmanthus Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-11
Growing Zones 7-11
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Gulftide'
Type Evergreen
Mature Height 10 - 15 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes