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Ilex crenata 'Golden Gem' (Japanese holly 'Golden Gem')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Ilex crenata 'Golden Gem'

Other names

Japanese holly 'Golden Gem'

Genus

Ilex Ilex

Variety or Cultivar

'Golden Gem' _ 'Golden Gem' is a low-growing, compact, dwarf evergreen shrub of spreading habit. It has small, golden-yellow leaves when young, later turning yellow-green. In spring and summer it bears sparse white flowers and in autumn it produces black fruits sparingly.


Ilex crenata 'Golden Gem' is: Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Small, Spreading

Toxicity

Berries may cause discomfort if ingested.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

White in Spring; White in Summer

Foliage

Golden-yellow in Spring; Yellow-green in Summer; Yellow-green in Autumn; Yellow-green in Winter

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leaf-mining sawflies , Scale insects Aphids , Leaf-mining sawflies , Scale insects

Holly leaf blight Holly leaf blight

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Ilex crenata 'Golden Gem' (Japanese holly 'Golden Gem') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1.5m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Cottage/Informal, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Resistant to pollution

Cultivation

Grow in free-draining, humus-rich soil in full sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Ilex crenata 'Golden Gem'

Other names

Japanese holly 'Golden Gem'

Genus

Ilex Ilex

Variety or Cultivar

'Golden Gem' _ 'Golden Gem' is a low-growing, compact, dwarf evergreen shrub of spreading habit. It has small, golden-yellow leaves when young, later turning yellow-green. In spring and summer it bears sparse white flowers and in autumn it produces black fruits sparingly.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Small, Spreading

Toxicity

Berries may cause discomfort if ingested.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

White in Spring; White in Summer

Foliage

Golden-yellow in Spring; Yellow-green in Summer; Yellow-green in Autumn; Yellow-green in Winter


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leaf-mining sawflies , Scale insects

Specific diseases

Holly leaf blight

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Ilex crenata 'Golden Gem' (Japanese holly 'Golden Gem') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1.5m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Cottage/Informal, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Resistant to pollution

Cultivation

Grow in free-draining, humus-rich soil in full sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

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