Touch Of Gold™ Holly

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  • Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 2 Feet
  • Mature Spread 2 Feet
  • Growing Zones 6 - 9

Golden variegated foliage ensures the Touch of Gold™ Holly will brighten up a dark corner of your landscape or any area in need of some vibrant year-round color. Bright golden yellow leaves with flecks of green cover woody branches. This low-maintenance dwarf plant will be about 2 feet tall, making it a great filler in beds or visually breaking up different areas. The Ilex crenata 'Adorned' provides dependable color throughout the fall and winter.

This Holly plant is versatile and can be used as a low hedge in borders, foundation plantings, or rock gardens. This variety can easily live in containers for even more flexible uses. Like most other varieties of Holly, the Touch of Gold™ Holly is deer resistant and disease and pest resistant. This plant grows as a perennial in USDA zones 6 through 9.

Touch of Gold™ Holly Plant Care

Plant this shrub in full sun to part shade. This Holly needs 4 to 6 hours of sunlight during the warmer months to maintain the beautiful variegation in the foliage. Water several times a week during the first year to help the plant settle in. Once established, this plant will need water when the top few inches of soil are dry. The soil should promote draining and have a slightly acidic pH.

This plant naturally has a rounded appearance and does not require pruning. Trim away any overgrowth or damaged sections in the spring as needed before new growth appears. Feed Holly in the spring using a balanced fertilizer.

Touch of Gold™ Holly Plant Spacing

Once established, the Touch of Gold™ Holly will be 2 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Create a continuous hedge by spacing plants 3 feet apart. Plant this Holly 5 feet away from buildings and other plants if you want to maintain a more open look.

Touch of Gold™ Holly Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 6 - 9
Plant Type: Bushes
Light Exposure: Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 2 Feet
Mature Spread: 4 Feet
Spacing: 4 Feet
Habit: Mounded
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Description:
Bloom Period:
Foliage Type: Evergreen, Variegated
Foliage Color(s): Green, Yellow
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Fall Interest, Winter Interest, 4 Season Interest
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: N/A
Attracts: N/A
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Hedges & Privacy, Mass Planting, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance
Brand: Southern Living Plants
Common Name: Touch of Gold™ Holly
Other Name(s):
Scientific Name: Ilex crenata 'Adorned'

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
 Volume:
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:
   Quart

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
 Volume:
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
 Volume:
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
 Volume:
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
 Volume:
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
 Volume:
   2.32-2.76 gallons


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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location


Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.