Virtues: We love golden hop vine for its spectacular golden-yellow maple-like leaves that often transform in color later in the season into a vivid lime green. These intriguing plants energetically climb walls, fences and trellises, creating breathtaking displays of vibrant color. In fall, small, aromatic funnel-like green flowers bloom in clusters with the female blossoms revealing the hops, often used in beers to add a little spicy flavor.
Common name: Golden hop vine
Botanical name: Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’
Flowers: Tiny clusters of fragrant cone-shaped flowers blossom in fall. The female blooms are commonly dried and used to intensify beers with a strong yet crisp taste.
Foliage: Throughout spring and fall large, palmate, vivaciously golden leaves fill thin, twining stems and quickly cover a large amount of area with lively splendor. With time, the radiant yellowish-bronze leaves may change into a striking hue of bright green.
Habit: With a fast-growing, coiling habit, these hoppy perennials grow 15-25 feet in height with a 3-6 feet spread. They aren’t as vigorous as the straight species, a welcome fact for many gardeners when it comes to vines.
Season: These gorgeous climbers provide an alluring charm throughout spring, summer and fall.
Origin: Cultivar of a species native to Europe and western Asia, North America
How to grow Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’: Golden hop vines thrive in rich, moist well-drained soil with regular watering. For optimal leaf color, keep that soil moist! These charming vines are most successful in full sun to part shade. USDA Zones 4-8.
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