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Climber Wall Shrub

Humulus lupulus 'Aureus'
  • RHS AGM

golden hop

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

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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow
Summer Green Yellow Yellow
Autumn Brown
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Cannabaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Climbing
Potentially harmful
Skin irritant/allergen. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

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

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

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

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • City and courtyard gardens
Pruning

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

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids and glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

May be susceptible to downy mildews

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