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Eureka Gold™ Yaupon Holly

Ilex vomitoria 'HOGY'

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Eureka Gold Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria 'HOGY') at Rainbow Gardens

Eureka Gold™ Yaupon Holly foliage

Eureka Gold™ Yaupon Holly foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Eureka Gold Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria 'HOGY') at Rainbow Gardens

Eureka Gold™ Yaupon Holly

Eureka Gold™ Yaupon Holly

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Brand:  Garden Debut


A great accent or rock garden shrub that features striking yellow new foliage that slowly matures to gold with yellow-green highlights; does best in evenly moist, acidic soil but is drought tolerant; shows salt spray tolerance

Ornamental Features

Eureka Gold™ Yaupon Holly is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its interestingly mounded form. It has attractive lime green-variegated gold foliage with hints of chartreuse which emerges yellow in spring. The small glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain gold throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Eureka Gold™ Yaupon Holly is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Eureka Gold™ Yaupon Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Eureka Gold™ Yaupon Holly will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Eureka Gold™ Yaupon Holly makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.