Hebe odora ‘New Zealand Gold’


  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Hebe odora 'New Zealand Gold' caught the eye of GPP judges over the course of a three-year hebe evaluation at North Willamette Research and Extension Center, Oregon. It stood out because of its rounded, compact habit and its striking foliage. Individual leaves are deep green with a yellow-green border, they are attached at angles to its yellow stems. The overall effect is bright and clean-looking. Although each stem grows upright, the shrub itself forms a rounded, elegant shape, becoming wider than high. This moderate grower is a great choice for a small hedge, but it also makes a stately specimen. It tolerates shearing for the formal garden, yet if left to grow naturally it still has a tight, compact habit. If the weather and soil conditions are just right, it will develop the attractive golden coloration on the leaf margins gave this plant its name. It rarely flowers, but when it does the blooms look like small white puffs scattered on the tips of the branches.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: round shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: silver, purple, black

Great Color Partners: blue, gold, dark green

Culture Notes
Plant this cold hardy hebe in well-drained or sandy soil with full sun. Once established it needs only occasional watering during dry weather. It requires little pruning to maintain its compact shape. Hebes are not long lived plants but should remain attractive in the garden for ten to fifteen years. Replace older plants once they begin to deteriorate.