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Silver Cape Ozothamnus

Ozothamnus leptophyllus 'Silver Cape'

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Silver Cape Ozothamnus (Ozothamnus leptophyllus 'Silver Cape') at Green Thumb Nursery

Silver Cape Ozothamnus

Silver Cape Ozothamnus

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Silver Cape Ozothamnus (Ozothamnus leptophyllus 'Silver Cape') at Green Thumb Nursery

Silver Cape Ozothamnus foliage

Silver Cape Ozothamnus foliage

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  Silver Shore Cottonwood

Brand:  Monrovia


An airy evergreen shrub that produces upright, slender stems covered with tiny silver-green foliage; long lasting clusters of tiny lace-like white flowers all summer; loves heat, and is drought tolerant once established

Ornamental Features

Silver Cape Ozothamnus is covered in stunning clusters of white flowers at the ends of the branches from early to late summer. It has attractive grayish green foliage with hints of silver which emerges white in spring. The tiny oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain grayish green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Silver Cape Ozothamnus is an open multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Silver Cape Ozothamnus is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Silver Cape Ozothamnus will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. 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. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Silver Cape Ozothamnus makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Rock  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features