Ilex crenata ‘Golden Gem’

Japanese Holly 'Golden Gem'

Ilex crenata ‘Golden Gem’ is a beautiful evergreen shrub that is perfect for any garden. It has glossy, golden-green foliage that is dense and compact, making it an ideal choice for hedges, screens, or topiary. It is a slow-growing shrub that is easy to maintain and can be pruned to shape. It is also drought-tolerant and can tolerate full sun or partial shade. Its bright golden foliage will add a touch of colour to any garden.

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Origin: Eastern China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Sakhalin
Genus: Ilex
Species / Cultivar: crenata 'Golden Gem'
Common Name: Japanese Holly 'Golden Gem'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 0.5-1m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.5-1m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Ilex crenata ‘Golden Gem’ thrives in well-drained soil and adapts well to both full sun and partial shade, although it benefits from some protection against harsh afternoon sun. Regular watering is crucial during its establishment phase, after which it becomes moderately drought-tolerant. Minimal pruning to maintain its compact form can be done in early spring.

This cultivar typically reaches a height and spread of about 1 metre, forming a neat, rounded shape. Its smaller size and golden-yellow foliage make it an excellent choice for hedges, borders, or container planting, adding a touch of brightness and structure to gardens or landscapes.


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