Drops Of Gold Japanese Holly

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Golden droplets shine brilliantly in your garden all year! Drops Of Gold Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata 'Drops of Gold') is the sort of finishing touch any garden needs! Small, glossy, rounded leaves, are uniquely variegated with the outermost leaves exhibiting the brightest, golden yellow color! Older, more interior foliage is glossy and rich green for a two-tone effect.

In spring, you will see insignificant white flowers that are not the showiest, but the bees and butterflies will seek them out. Then the female plants produce petite, black fruit in the fall if a male Ilex crenata shrub is nearby. The tiny fruit is appreciated by local songbirds, but the plant is grown more for the brilliantly colorful foliage. With or without fruit, an outstanding landscape plant. The yellow foliage stands out among the other greenery and contrasts against the darker reddish-brown stems.

Compact and slowly spreading, Drops of Gold enhance your landscape with a gilded presence! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 6 to 8, these bright broadleaf evergreens grow to a neat and tidy 3-4 feet in height and 4-5 feet in width to create wonderful privacy in your landscape!

Planting and Application:

Japanese Holly is well-known for its low-maintenance nature. These evergreen shrubs are suitable for hedging, foundation plants or foliage accents for that very reason, looking crisp and clean year-round! Imagine the curb appeal your home will gain with gleaming golden brilliance with these plants as your front planting, as a hedge separating the front yard from the sidewalk, or as a golden border along your driveway.

Drops of Gold offer a striking contrast among low borders and these gleaming landscape stars look amazing everywhere! Asian and Zen-inspired gardens, Wildlife and Urban Gardens alike welcome Drops of Gold! Brilliant as backdrops to make the rest of your garden beds and borders just pop! Imagine in the winter as the snow flies, when these shrubs remain golden green and shine through the winter! Snip a few stems for your winter décor and floral design greenery!

Large planters and containers, or your favorite urn become beacons with the addition of this fantastic specimen and accent plant! Urban tolerant, these shrubs do well in a wide range of conditions and climates, so you know they will do amazing in your garden.

  • Uniquely Variegated Ornamental Broadleaf Evergreen
  • Tiny Gleaming Golden-Yellow Foliage
  • Inconspicuous White Flowers in Spring
  • Compact Spreading Growth
  • Tiny Black Berries If A Male Is Nearby
  • Urban Tolerant, Wonderful Hedge or Foundation Plant

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Drops Of Gold Japanese Holly does amazing in both full sun and part shade, Both hardy and urban tolerant, these shrubs appreciate afternoon shade in the hotter summer climates! Plants in containers need enriched, well-drained soil and regular moisture. In-ground shrubs are not particular on soil type, and Japanese Holly prefers well-drained, moist soils. Drops of Gold does best when consistently watered but not soggy. A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill. Light pruning is suggested in early spring to head back any branches that may need shortening up or to maintain size.

  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Enriched Well-Drained Slightly Acidic, Mulched Soil
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Resistant to Pests & Diseases
  • Prune to Any Size or Shape in Early Spring
  • Low Maintenance & Easy-Care

These are hardy and adaptable evergreens that become resplendent landscape highlights in a wide range of conditions. Order your own Drops of Gold Japanese Holly for that sparkling golden color your garden deserves! Call Nature Hills Nursery today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Drops Of Gold Japanese Holly Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-8
Growing Zones 6-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ilex crenata 'Drops of Gold'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Dark Green & Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant No
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