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Touch of Gold Holly

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$18.98
  • Evergreen dwarf shrub with golden variegated leaves
  • Matures to 4' wide by 2' tall
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 6 - 9
  • Plant in full sun to part shade
Pot size

Description

Touch of Gold™ Holly is a popular evergreen shrub with a golden twist! Golden variegated leaves decorate this naturally mounding dwarf shrub which is sure to be a bright spot in any garden it is grown. The Touch of Gold Holly is a special small leaf Holly brought to you by the Southern Living Plant Collection.

Oftentimes I have found that they make great companion plants for Boxwood shrubs, but some even opt for the Touch of Gold over the common Boxwoods due to the unique foliage color. Once established your Gold Touch Holly bush will reach approximately 2 feet in height and 4 feet in width.

Touch of Gold Holly Plant Care

The Touch of Gold does well in part sun to full shade conditions and can thrive in USDA zones 6 - 9. In order for this Holly to provide you with a lush golden shade place it in a location where it will receive 4 to 6 hours of sunlight during the warmer months.

During the first growing season water your Ilex crenata several times each week to settle. Once the shrub has been established you may reduce watering until the top 2-3 inches of soil has become dry. Holly bushes require moist, but well-draining soil. When the weather is cool grab your gloves and your shovel and start digging. The ideal time for planting Gold Touch Holly is during the late fall, early winter or early spring.

If you choose to fertilize do so in the spring using a balanced fertilizer such as Espoma Organic Plant-Tone. It is a well-rounded fertilizer suitable for shrubs and flowering plants PlantsbyMail.com offers for sale!

Does the Touch of Gold Holly Require Pruning?

The Touch of Gold Holly requires no pruning! It will brighten your garden or landscape with its dazzling color all while maintaining a naturally rounded shape.

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

Touch of Gold™ Holly Plant Spacing

The Gold Touch has a slow to moderate growth rate, allowing you to place them closer to each other than other Hollies. With a mature height of 2-3 feet in height and width you able to create a continuous hedge of shrubs by spacing them 3 feet apart. If you are seeking a more open landscape plant your Holly 5 feet away or more from buildings and/or other plants.

  • Scientific Name
    Ilex crenata 'Adorned'
  • Hardiness Zone
    6, 7, 8, 9
  • Sun Exposure
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Evergreen or Deciduous
    Evergreen
  • Features
    Deer Resistant, Winter / Fall Foliage Color
  • Feature Color
    Green, Yellow
  • Uses
    Border, Container, Foundation Planting, Hedge, Mass Planting, Mixed Garden Bed
  • Water Needs
    Medium
  • Bloom Season
    None

Growing Zones : 6, 7, 8, and 9

Map of USDA Zones 6-9
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Touch of Gold Holly

From $18.98

Touch of Gold™ Holly is a popular evergreen shrub with a golden twist! Golden variegated leaves decorate this naturally mounding dwarf shrub which is sure to be a bright spot in any garden it is grown. The Touch of Gold Holly is a special small leaf Holly brought to you by the Southern Living Plant Collection.

Oftentimes I have found that they make great companion plants for Boxwood shrubs, but some even opt for the Touch of Gold over the common Boxwoods due to the unique foliage color. Once established your Gold Touch Holly bush will reach approximately 2 feet in height and 4 feet in width.

Touch of Gold Holly Plant Care

The Touch of Gold does well in part sun to full shade conditions and can thrive in USDA zones 6 - 9. In order for this Holly to provide you with a lush golden shade place it in a location where it will receive 4 to 6 hours of sunlight during the warmer months.

During the first growing season water your Ilex crenata several times each week to settle. Once the shrub has been established you may reduce watering until the top 2-3 inches of soil has become dry. Holly bushes require moist, but well-draining soil. When the weather is cool grab your gloves and your shovel and start digging. The ideal time for planting Gold Touch Holly is during the late fall, early winter or early spring.

If you choose to fertilize do so in the spring using a balanced fertilizer such as Espoma Organic Plant-Tone. It is a well-rounded fertilizer suitable for shrubs and flowering plants PlantsbyMail.com offers for sale!

Does the Touch of Gold Holly Require Pruning?

The Touch of Gold Holly requires no pruning! It will brighten your garden or landscape with its dazzling color all while maintaining a naturally rounded shape.

Pot size

  • 2.5 Quart
  • 2 Gallon
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