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.
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!
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.
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.