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Ilex crenata ‘Golden Gem’

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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A compact dwarf, evergreen shrub with pretty golden-yellow leaves in spring, turning lime green/yellow in summer. Occasional white flowers in late spring are followed by small black fruit later in the year.

Hardy and suitable for even the smallest of gardens or a large container. If you are patient, several plants grown together can make an eye-catching low hedge.

Supplied Size: 3L containers (30 - 40 cm tall)

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Ilex crenata  ‘Golden Gem’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Ilex crenata  ‘Golden Gem’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or light shade.
Soil: Well drained or moist, fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Flowering Period: April - May.
Flower Colour: White
Rate of Growth: Slow.
Habit: Ilex crenata 'Golden Gem' grows to be a small compact, spreading shrub.
Height: up to 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 1.5 m (5 ft)

Notes: The colour of the Ilex crenata 'Golden Gem' leaves is dependent upon the amount of sunlight received during the day, with the best foliage colour being seen if planted in a position with full sun. In shady areas, the leaves will turn a considerably darker shade of green.

Plant Finder: about Ilex crenata ‘Golden Gem’

Common names

Japanese holly 'Golden Gem'


Ilex crenata ‘Golden Gem’ (Japanese holly 'Golden Gem'). This holly is a low-growing, compact dwarf shrub with small, lime green and golden yellow leaves. Rarely produced flowers are white, which turn to black berries.


Plant in full sun for best foliage colour.

Interest and use

Use for hedging, as container plants and to add structure to the border.

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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Ilex crenata  ‘Golden Gem’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

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