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Humulus lupulus 'Aureus' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub

Habit

Climbing

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Green and Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Yellow in Spring and Summer

Fruit

Pale Brown in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

golden hop

Family

Cannabaceae


Humulus are vigorous herbaceous climbers with rough, twining stems, deeply palmately-lobed leaves and small green flowers, male and female on separate plants

'Aureus' is a strong-growing climber bearing yellow, deeply lobed leaves to 15cm in length, and drooping cone-like, greenish-yellow, aromatic female flower clusters followed by attractive hops

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Ideal for growing up trellis or over an arch in a sheltered position. It will tolerate partial shade but a sunny place will produce the best leaf colour so long as the soil does not dry out

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, City/Courtyard Gardens or Wildlife Gardens


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 7 or cut down in autumn like an herbaceous perennial

Pests

Can get aphids and caterpillars

Diseases

May be affected by a downy mildew and Verticillium wilt