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Other common names
Japanese holly 'Golden Gem'
Ilex can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs and trees with often spiny leaves, small white flowers (male and female usually on separate plants) and, on female plants, showy berries in autumn
Aquifoliaceae / Aquifoliaceae
'Golden Gem' is a low-growing, compact dwarf evergreen shrub of spreading habit with small, golden yellow leaves. Flowers and fruits sparingly produced
Toxicity Berries may cause mild stomach upset if ingested
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Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing
Exposure Sheltered or Exposed
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Easy to grow in a well-drained soil in a sunny position
Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Patio & Container Plants City & Courtyard Gardens
Pruning group 1
Aphids, scale insects and holly leaf miner may be a problem
May be affected by holly leaf blight
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