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Golden Oakland Holly

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$46.98
  • Variegated green and golden-yellow foliage
  • Matures to 12-15' wide by 15-20' tall
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 6 - 9
  • Plant in full sun to part shade
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Description

Introducing a new take on an old classic. The Golden Oakland® Holly Tree is a fantastic upright holly from the Southern Living Plant Collection. It is a variegated cousin of the Oakland Holly, giving you the same dense growing habit with the added dimension of variegated green and golden-yellow foliage.

This dense-growing holly maintains a pyramidal habit and is naturally compact, so it needs little maintenance pruning. It's height and density make it a perfect screen plant when planted in rows, and it's color adds more character to your landscape than traditional evergreen screens like arborvitae or cypress.

Once achieving the appropriate height, this plant is ideal as a nearly impenetrable privacy screen. Just try and make it through this heavy-duty beauty!

We love seeing this holly planted on the corner of houses as a foundation plant to bookend your landscape. It provides a large accent that pairs well with medium height green shrubs like Emerald Snow Loropetalum or it can accent bold pops of color from blooming shrubs like Encore Azaleas.

When Golden Oakland is still young, you can plant it in containers for a bright, evergreen accent that holds its shape. You can fill in around it with annuals or perennials to provide a spark of color and truly eye-catching container planting. This holly is also bright enough to stand on its own in a container.

Another added benefit of this dense growing evergreen holly is that it makes a wonderful habit for birds and other wildlife as it gets older. Because you don't need to prune it and its leaves are so dense, it becomes a reliable shelter for the birds you love to see!

Can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Golden Oakland Holly Care

Grows best in Full Sun to Partial Shade. Furthermore, provide at least 4-5 hours of sun daily to ensure that its foliage is dense and attractive.

Plant in slightly acidic soil for best results. If your soil is too alkaline, mix in some elemental sulfur to lower its pH.

Water 2-3 times per week during the first growing season. During its second season, water 1-2 times per week depending on the weather. Afterward, it only needs supplementary water during times of extreme heat and drought.

Fertilize your tree with Holly-tone or another acidic plant fertilizer 2-3 times during the growing season, starting in early spring.

Suggested Companion Plants

The variegated foliage of the Golden Oakland makes a stunning background for many different plants. They look fantastic with some reblooming roses such as Red Double Knock Out Rose, or reblooming azaleas such as the Autumn Bonfire Encore Azalea. It also pairs well with Boxwoods, Orange Rocket Barberry, and most Gardenias.

Care & Use

Getting Started: Understanding Your New Plant

Review your plant's information on our website or the tag that comes with it. Be mindful of sunlight preferences, soil type, and spacing needs.

Our plants are adaptable but grow best in the correct USDA Zones. Click here to learn more about your USDA Zone.

Planting Instructions

Dig a Hole

First, dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for the root system to spread out quickly. Dig the hole deep enough that your plant will sit level with or slightly above the ground around it.

Amend Your Soil

Mix your native soil with rich gardening soil to provide extra nutrients and support plant growth. If your soil is clay-heavy, we recommend mixing your native clay soil with equal parts of Pine Bark mulch to improve drainage and the overall breathability of your soil.

Place Your Plant

Examine the roots. If they appear tightly bound, gently coax them apart; this ensures they can spread into the new soil. Place your plant in the hole so the top of the rootball is even with the surrounding soil—Backfill around it with the amended soil mixture. The roots need access to oxygen for your plant to thrive, so do not cover the rootball; place soil around it.

Mulch Your Plants

Top the soil beneath your plant with 3-4 inches of mulch to help it retain moisture. Be careful not to cover the rootball - your new plants roots need access to oxygen.

Water Your Plant

Soak the plant with a hose afterward to hydrate the plant, as well as get the soil and mulch situated. Develop a regular watering schedule based on your plant's needs and local weather patterns. Remember, over watering is just as, if not more, harmful than under watering.

Spacing Recommendations

Spacing Your Golden Oakland Holly

For a seamless planting, plant your Golden Oakland Holly 6 feet apart. Space them 9+ feet apart for gaps between the plants.

  • Scientific Name
    Ilex hybrid 'Magden' PP30451
  • Hardiness Zone
    6, 7, 8, 9
  • Sun Exposure
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Evergreen or Deciduous
    Evergreen
  • Features
    Variegated
  • Feature Color
    Green, Multi-Color, Yellow
  • Uses
    Container, Hedge, Privacy Planting, Specimen
  • Water Needs
    Medium
  • Bloom Season
    None

Growing Zones : 6, 7, 8, and 9

Southern Living Plants

A collection of shrubs, trees, and perennials selected by plant experts to thrive in the heat of the South. Find traditional varieties like camellias mixed with new landscape favorites like agapanthus. These varieties have been bread to tackle landscape challenges specific to the region.

Southern Living Plant Collection

Golden Oakland Holly

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Introducing a new take on an old classic. The Golden Oakland® Holly Tree is a fantastic upright holly from the Southern Living Plant Collection. It is a variegated cousin of the Oakland Holly, giving you the same dense growing habit with the added dimension of variegated green and golden-yellow foliage.

This dense-growing holly maintains a pyramidal habit and is naturally compact, so it needs little maintenance pruning. It's height and density make it a perfect screen plant when planted in rows, and it's color adds more character to your landscape than traditional evergreen screens like arborvitae or cypress.

Once achieving the appropriate height, this plant is ideal as a nearly impenetrable privacy screen. Just try and make it through this heavy-duty beauty!

We love seeing this holly planted on the corner of houses as a foundation plant to bookend your landscape. It provides a large accent that pairs well with medium height green shrubs like Emerald Snow Loropetalum or it can accent bold pops of color from blooming shrubs like Encore Azaleas.

When Golden Oakland is still young, you can plant it in containers for a bright, evergreen accent that holds its shape. You can fill in around it with annuals or perennials to provide a spark of color and truly eye-catching container planting. This holly is also bright enough to stand on its own in a container.

Another added benefit of this dense growing evergreen holly is that it makes a wonderful habit for birds and other wildlife as it gets older. Because you don't need to prune it and its leaves are so dense, it becomes a reliable shelter for the birds you love to see!

Can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Golden Oakland Holly Care

Grows best in Full Sun to Partial Shade. Furthermore, provide at least 4-5 hours of sun daily to ensure that its foliage is dense and attractive.

Plant in slightly acidic soil for best results. If your soil is too alkaline, mix in some elemental sulfur to lower its pH.

Water 2-3 times per week during the first growing season. During its second season, water 1-2 times per week depending on the weather. Afterward, it only needs supplementary water during times of extreme heat and drought.

Fertilize your tree with Holly-tone or another acidic plant fertilizer 2-3 times during the growing season, starting in early spring.

Suggested Companion Plants

The variegated foliage of the Golden Oakland makes a stunning background for many different plants. They look fantastic with some reblooming roses such as Red Double Knock Out Rose, or reblooming azaleas such as the Autumn Bonfire Encore Azalea. It also pairs well with Boxwoods, Orange Rocket Barberry, and most Gardenias.

Pot size

  • 2.5 Quart
  • 2 Gallon
  • 3 Gallon
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