A picture of a Holly 'Golden King'

Holly 'Golden King'

Ilex x altaclerensis 'Golden King'

Photo by AlanGardenMaster (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








25 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Holly 'Golden King'

Some Ilex × altaclerensis 'Golden King'  foliage and red fruits
A close up of some green and yellow cream Ilex × altaclerensis 'Golden King' leaves
A photo of Holly 'Golden King'
Some Ilex × altaclerensis 'Golden King' in a garden

Holly 'Golden King' Overview

Ilex x altaclerensis 'Golden King' is a bit of a misnomer, this very male sounding hybrid cultivar is actually a female plant! It has a bushy habit that forms a large evergreen shrub or small tree. Leaves have a bright yellow margin around a green centre and are slightly spiny. In summer, small dull white flowers appear, developing into red berries in autumn, provided a male pollinating plant is nearby. This plant has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Holly 'Golden King'

This plant can suffer from Holly leaf blight and be attacked by scale insects.

How to harvest Holly 'Golden King'

Generally not harvested but stems can be cut as and when required for floral arrangements.

How to propagate Holly 'Golden King'


Take semi-hardwood cuttings in Summer.


Special features of Holly 'Golden King'

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Holly 'Golden King'

This plant is often planted to provide architectural interest.