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

Japanese holly 'Golden Gem'

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

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Yellow
Summer White Yellow
Autumn Yellow Black
Winter Yellow
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Aquifoliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
Berries may cause mild stomach upset if ingested. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
Genus

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

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Patio and container plants
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

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

Diseases

May be affected by holly leaf blight

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