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Drops Of Gold Japanese Holly

Ilex crenata 'Drops Of Gold'

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Drops Of Gold Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata 'Drops Of Gold') at Moana Nursery

Drops Of Gold Japanese Holly foliage

Drops Of Gold Japanese Holly foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Drops Of Gold Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata 'Drops Of Gold') at Moana Nursery

Drops Of Gold Japanese Holly

Drops Of Gold Japanese Holly

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Box-leaved Holly

Description:

Valued for its spectacular golden-yellow foliage on the upper branches that stand out against the green foliage below; its upright compact growth habit makes it perfect for smaller landscapes; can be sheared for a formal appearance

Ornamental Features

Drops Of Gold Japanese Holly has attractive gold foliage which emerges yellow in spring. The small glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain gold throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Drops Of Gold Japanese Holly is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds and bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Drops Of Gold Japanese Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Drops Of Gold Japanese Holly will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub should be grown in a location that is shaded from the hot afternoon sun. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.