Height: 3 feet
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5b
Other Names: Box-leaved Holly
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
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.
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 is a relatively low maintenance shrub, 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
- 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 does best in full sun to partial shade. 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 quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.