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PlantFiles: Holly
Ilex x attenuata 'Longwood Gold'

Family: Aquifoliaceae (a-kwee-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ilex (EYE-leks) (Info)
Species: x attenuata (at-ten-yoo-AY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Longwood Gold


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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive RonDEZone7a On Jan 19, 2008, RonDEZone7a from Wilmington, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

The "Longwood Gold" holly is an attractive yellow-berried holly, suitable for the mid-Altantic and southeastern states (at least), which was first named at Longwood Gardens in southeastern Pennsylvania. It is an Ilex x attenuata variety, originating from the same Ilex opaca (American Holly) and Ilex cassine (Dahoon Holly) cross as the "Fosters", "Savannah", and "East Palatka" hollies.

It is rated as hardy as the "Fosters Holly" (which is rated Zone 6b). I have never seen any winter damage on mine in northern Delaware (Zone 7a). It appears to be similar in shape and growth chatacteristics as the "Fosters" but possibly a little less vigorous and perhaps likely to stay smaller. This is just a guess based on some specimens I've seen at Longwood Gardens - but these are undoubtedly pruned and shaped so it might end up as large as a "Fosters" in the end.

"Longwood Gold" is not very well known. Because of it's Longwood Gardens connection, a few Philadephia area nurseries carry it - and I've seen it for sale at Longwood Gardens - but I don't know if it is commonly sold outside the mid-Atlantic area. Being an Ilex x attenuata holly, it should do well from New York (or maybe Boston) through the southeast to Florida and over to Texas. The foliage is dark and makes a great contrast to the yellow berries - I highly recommend it !!


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

Bear, Delaware
Wilmington, Delaware

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