Osmoxylon lineare ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Miagos Bush, Green Aralia)
What caught our attention were the whitish flowers and small round blackish berries that sat comfortably on the beautiful variegated leaves.
A rare tropical plant to be added to one’s garden.
Fortunately, I went through my photo archive and chanced upon this beauty again. What an opportunity to write about it!
Plant Profile, Culture and Propagation :
- Botanical Name: Osmoxylon lineare ‘Variegata’ (syn.: Boerlagiodendron lineare).
- Common Names: Variegated Miagos Bush, Green Aralia.
- Family name: Araliaceae.
The genus name Osmoxylon is derived from a combination of two Greek words osme, meaning scent and xylon, meaning wood. The species name lineare is the Latin adjective, linearis, referring to the linear lobes of the leaves.
- Origin: Native to Southeast Asia and Philippines. ‘Variegata’ is a cultivar.
- Plant type: An ornamental and perennial shrub or small tree.
- Features: Osmoxylon lineare is a species of the genus Osmoxylon that comprises of about 60 species of flowering plants. ‘Variegata’ is a showy cultivar.
A slow-growing, small perennial bush or tree that reaches between 0.9 to 1.8 meter tall upon maturity and spread as wide. It has a pale grey stem with leaves arising in a spiral around the central stem. It produces palmate compound evergreen variegated leaves of green and white that have a leathery surface and are held on a 4-6 cm petiole. Small white to creamy coloured hermaphroditic flowers are produced in a dense head at the end of each stem. Eventually the flowers will ripen to develop into purple blackish seed-like berries.
- Culture (Care): Osmoxylon lineare ‘Variegata’ can be easily grown with minimum care.
Light: Grows best in full sun but can tolerate full shade.
Moisture: Moderate water needs. Water regularly and keep soil moist especially during the hot seasons. Allow soil to partially dry up before watering again.
Soil: Best in sandy organic and loamy soils. It can tolerate any commercial garden soil with good drainage.
Others: Remove withered leaves. Provide adequate warmth and humidity.
Feed once a month with a balanced liquid fertiliser. Generally free from pests or diseases.
For subtropical and temperate regions: Hardiness: USDA Zone 10a – 11. Osmoxylon lineare ‘Variegata’ can be grown as a perennial plant in container gardening, either outdoors or indoors. Temperatures close to 0°C are a short-lasting exception.
It will start blooming from summer and continue to flower all year round. A repeat bloomer!
- Propagation: Easily by stem cuttings. Can also be propagated by seeds though plants grown from seed may not come true to parent.
Osmoxylon lineare ‘Variegata’ is a rare and exotic tropical plant that’s excellent in any garden, especially if you desire a tropical theme. An ideal ornamental plant for container gardening or raised planters. Grow this captivating plant to add colour and beauty to your garden beds or borders. Suitable too as a ground cover.
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