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PlantFiles: Hops
Humulus lupulus 'Aureus'

Family: Cannabaceae
Genus: Humulus (HUM-uh-lus) (Info)
Species: lupulus (lup-OO-lus) (Info)
Cultivar: Aureus

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

10 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Light Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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8 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Jay3fer On May 4, 2010, Jay3fer from Toronto
Canada wrote:

Gorgeous and very hardy. Put it in a moist spot and it will grow wild, not only growing FAST in the spring but sending up lots of suckers. It's not a bully, though; the suckers are unobtrusive and easy enough to dig out (though pulling up the interconnected roots may cause trouble for other plants in the vicinity). Replant the suckers elsewhere, give them away, or just let them grow where they are to fill in your trellis that must quicker. The colour seems to almost glow; it is definitely a lovely bright spot in the garden. Dies back completely to the ground here (Toronto, Ontario), but it is one of the first to bounce back each spring!

Positive amuscledskier On Apr 13, 2010, amuscledskier from Sagle, ID wrote:

Golden Hops 'Aureus' is a wonderful garden plant here in the Sandoint N. Idaho area (z 5a-6b). It grows here 6+ inches a day in May and June, easily. What no one posting comments here has said is how BEAUTIFUL the burgundy stems contrast the bright chartreuse leaves!

What boggles me is that the plant is considered dioeceous (imperfect plants), yet we seem to have 2 females that DO throw seedlings. We have 2 plants that are about 4 yrs old, separated by about 75 yards with a house between them. The nearest neighbour is about 30 yds away and they do not have hops, much less a detailed landscape. I find it odd that somehow my girls throw seeds.. We dig them and pot them for our weekend nursery sales here at the homestead.

We have one trained on our well house in a half fan pattern, and it easily grows up the fan and then beyond-trained the full circumference of the well house (8X8). The other is grown up a 9' 4x4 cedar post set in the ground. It grows easily to the top, and then in time, into a mophead atop the post.. We ALWAYS get wonderful comments and ooohs and aaahs about them on our garden tours.

In spring we do chop away the runners that grow away from the plant, and pot them up, if viable. They can get away from you at the base of the plant if you let it... Use this vine in the right place/situation, and it is MAGNIFICENT! IF you have the space/need to cover something unattractive or imposing, GROW IT! Once established, this plant needs no water in my area, and it's BULLETPROOF. Grows so fast here that it needs a little training every few days to find its way back to the wires it's trained on..

Positive jackidee On Nov 6, 2009, jackidee from Sherwood, OR wrote:

Pay attention to cautions and wear gloves and long sleeves when taking this down in the fall, as it can cause a terrible rash. That said, I adore having it climb my porch post. Seems to grow inches a day in May.

Positive pixilated On Sep 18, 2009, pixilated from Hazel Green, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

I had this growing in California (zone 8) and I am getting ready to plant it again here in N. Alabama (zone 7a). I LOVE the scent of the cones when lightly rubbed. I think they smell like a Christmas tree, but my husband says not. Smell is in the nose of the beholder just as beauty is to the eye of same... and speaking of beauty, this plant is! The first year I was dubious that it would make it. It simply did not grow much, but the second year I built it a tuteur and it quickly grew up and then jumped to my neighbors apple tree on the other side of the wall. It needs space, is simple to grow, and is rewarding.

Positive Bellisgirl On Mar 18, 2007, Bellisgirl from Spokane, WA wrote:

This will be my third year growing this vine. I love it! It has golden-chartreuse foliage that fades to green in summer; the new leaves emerge golden. After flowering (blooms are rather inconspicuous) it bears unusual cone-like fruit. Needs hummus-rich soil that stays fairly moist. I cut mine back in the fall to encourage strong spring growth.

Positive grikdog On Aug 14, 2005, grikdog from St. Paul, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I grow this vine on the side of my house. I origionally planted it after seeing it paired with Clematis Etoile Violette in Fine Gardening magazine. However in my climate by the time the Etoile Violette bloomed the leaves of my Hop Vine had already turned a darker green and it didn't look half so good as the picture in the magazine. Overtime the Hop Vine has out competed the clematis and I am perfectly happy with my large green friend. There are some butterfly larvae that use this plant as food.

You may have to dig it a bit to prevent it sending out long runners and to contain it. This is a nice plant.

Positive vs71099 On Aug 27, 2004, vs71099 from Osage City, KS (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is my first hops attempt and I'm very happy with how well it has grown. I was told that it was not hardy for my zone 5 garden. From what I've read I'm encouraged that it might be back next year which is wonderful because I have it covering a gazebo. Do I need to split it eventually to keep it healthy.... ? and seeds really don't work...?

Positive BingsBell On Aug 10, 2004, BingsBell from SC, MT (Zone 5a) wrote:

Another tough vine thriving on neglect in my gardens.
Planted by a friend while I was ill, this vine covered an arbor 8' tall in half a season. It had no water due to our not getting water piped to the newly fenced and many arbored area. I was told to guess what it was and through Dave's many resources available...I finally know what it is. It is now with flowers and fruit and I love it!

Neutral Floridian On Oct 1, 2001, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This vigorous, herbaceous perennial vine lends a graceful, twining elegance to any tree stump, column, wall or fence. Opposite and textured, the widely spaced, maple-like leaves open a striking, almost translucent chartreuse which changes through the season to a lime green. Numerous tiny white flowers are followed by fanciful light green hops in autumn. The stems die down to the ground come winter but greet each spring with an increasing abundance of new shoots that can grow up to 20in a season.

Neutral herbin On Aug 18, 2001, herbin from Park Hill, OK (Zone 5b) wrote:

Vigorous twining vine with golden leaves and conelike, papery fruiting hops.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Eureka, California
Clifton, Colorado
Wakulla Springs, Florida
Sagle, Idaho
Lisbon, Maine
Silver Spring, Maryland
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota (2 reports)
Billings, Montana
Sandusky, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Chiloquin, Oregon
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Sherwood, Oregon
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Arlington, Virginia
Freeland, Washington
Olympia, Washington
Port Angeles, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Merrimac, Wisconsin

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