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Holly, Golden Box-leaved

Golden Japanese Holly, Ilex crenata Golden Gem

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  • Root Type/Plant Size

    Pot Grown, 10-20cm (4-8ins) (In Stock)

  • £3.99
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1+ 5+ 50+ 250+
Price per item for 1+ 5+ 50+ 250+
Pg 10-20cm
  • Plant Types & Availability - More information

    Pg = Pot Grown

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This slow growing, compact, evergreen shrub has, not surprisingly, been awarded the R.H.S. Award of Garden Merit. Its distinctive brown stems are covered with small, glossy, oval leaves which are golden-yellow with splashes of green in spring, then turning lime-green and yellow in summer. The colour is more intense if planted in full sun but the plant is tolerant of shade where the colours will be less vibrant. Its bushy habit make it ideal for a dwarf hedge, but it also makes an attractive small specimen shrub. Occasional white flowers appear in spring followed by black fruits in autumn.

HEDGE Trim late summer. For hedges up to 1m (3.3ft). Plant 30cm (1ft) apart.

SHRUB 1m x 1.5m (3.3 x 5ft).

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Holly, Golden Box-leaved is available as:

Pg = Pot Grown

Pot Grown Plants

These are normally sold in small 9cm wide pots, unless a different pot size is shown (where the pot size is shown in litres). Pot grown plants can be planted at any time of the year.


Pot Grown are generally available all year.

If a plant is currently out of stock because it is out of season (for example, bare rooted plants in summer) or we have sold out but we are expecting more to be available you can pre-order the plant. We only charge credit/debit cards when an order is despatched, not when an order is placed.

Planting Distances for planting as a Hedge

We recommend planting Holly, Golden Box-leaved in a single row 45cm/18ins apart.

To calculate the number of plants needed for a length of hedging, click on Planting Distance Calculator above.

Planting Guide & RootGrow

We recommend planting with RootGrow. The recommended amount for RootGrow for an order will be shown in your shopping basket.

We will send out a planting guide with your order, you also can find a guide to planting here.


Hedging - As a general rule, plants grown for hedging need pruning to encourage side branching. Usually the harder a plant is pruned the bushier it will be. If they are not pruned there is a danger that the hedges will be thin and bare at the base and that the tips of the plants will die back. If the plant is naturally bushy, less or sometimes no pruning will be needed to achieve a dense hedge.

Holly, Golden Box-leaved: Prune any straggly or untidy shoots, otherwise no immediate pruning is required.

    • SKU
  • Awards
    • Awards
      RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Native/Wildlife/Evergreen
    • Native
    • Evergreen/Deciduous
    • Keeps Leaves in Winter
  • Soil and position
    • Suitable for any normal soil and position, and
      Suitable for Dry Shade
  • Plant Height and Growth
    • Hedge Height
      60-90cm (2-3ft)
    • Approx. Ultimate Height
      1m (3.5ft)
    • Average Growth per Year
      20-30cm (8-12ins)
  • Root Type/Plant Size
    • Root Type/Plant Size
      Pot Grown, 10-20cm (4-8ins)
    • Potted/Bare Root
      Pot Grown