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Ilex crenata 'Golden Gem' (f/v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

Berries may cause mild stomach upset if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Black in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Japanese holly 'Golden Gem'

Family

Aquifoliaceae


Ilex can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs and trees with often spiny leaves, small white flowers (male and female usually on separate plants) and, on female plants, showy berries in autumn

'Golden Gem' is a low-growing, compact dwarf evergreen shrub of spreading habit with small, golden yellow leaves. Flowers and fruits sparingly produced

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Easy to grow in a well-drained soil in a sunny position

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Patio/Container Plants or City/Courtyard Gardens


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Aphids, scale insects and holly leaf miner may be a problem

Diseases

May be affected by holly leaf blight