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Osmanthus Goshiki Tricolour never flowered

mav.osmanmav.osman Posts: 4
Ive hs this shrub for almost 10years. Firstly in a pot until I. over home 7 years ago when I planted it the garden
The soil is fed, the plant gets morning and afternoon sun until around 4pm
It is a healthy plant growing well but just refused to flower and I'm so disappointed
My surname is Osman and I so want this to flower for me
Has anyone any suggestions?
Its been in the ground too long to move now, gets the sun 
I live by the sea and it can be very windy here at times BUT it is fairly sheltered
I am so disappointed


  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,422
    I wonder if you are feeding it the wrong feed or too much. What are you giving it and how often?
  • mav.osmanmav.osman Posts: 4
    the border over the years has had farmyard manure, growmore, etc
    the border is usually fed just once a year
    Growth has been slow compared to surrounding plants, this year it has increased size by 1/3 
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,564
    It's said to be very slow-growing, and one site I looked at mentioned they didn't flower until mature - round about 10 years...  so you may soon be rewarded with flowers.   :)
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • mav.osmanmav.osman Posts: 4
    Thank you. It will probably be 12 years old now but was in a pot for 5 years now 7 years in the ground
    so maybe with this growth spurt it will flower
    i will wait and see
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,909
    edited 10 July
    Osmanthus heterophyllus  Goshiki..the flowers are rather small and hang below the leaves. Easy to miss.
    I have yet to find one with flowers.

    Quote RHS...
    "A slow-growing and compact evergreen shrub to 2m tall, with holly-like, coarsely-spined, oval leaves marbled and flecked with cream, often tinged pink or bronze when young, and small, fragrant, tubular white flowers in clusters, produced in late summer or autumn and sometimes followed by blue-black fruits"

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,630
    I've never seen flowers on my 13 year osmanthus but I planted it for the foliage and slow growth.
  • mav.osmanmav.osman Posts: 4
    Foliage is lovely and growth until this year has been slow but oh boy it’s had a real spurt this summer
    when I bought this years ago I was told the flowers were heavily scented that was the main reason I bought it as my garden is planted for scent 
    It won’t be disposed of as it is very attractive 
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