Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’

golden hop

  • © Paul Odermatt

Outstanding Qualities

"Unequalled for its dramatic foliage and rapid growth, golden hop is a vigorous climber that bears deeply lobed, bright greenish-yellow leaves. Its twining stems can cover a trellis rapidly or scramble along the ground. For contrast, plant it with other strong-growing foliage plants, such as large Mediterranean spurge or Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty'. Hop is unusual in climbers, however, as its stems die back to ground level each autumn. These are fibrous and should be cut off at ground level. In spring it sends up a different set of stems. Because of this habit, it cannot be counted on for a winter presence, but once established it grows quickly, and its new stems can reach quite a height and width in no time. Hop has small male and female flowers borne on separate plants. The female flowers may develop cone-like fruits, called ""hops."" Humulus lupulus has been cultivated for centuries specifically for hops, which contain a bitter, aromatic oil used in brewing beer. "

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: green

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering during summer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: purple, burgundy, gold

Great Color Partners: burgundy, chartreuse

Culture Notes
This vigorous vine grows best in full sun to light or open shade. Plant it in moist to well-drained soil and provide regular watering during the summer. If plants become too dry they will scorch. In full sun the foliage color is the brightest, with some shade it will become chartreuse in summer. It is generally pest free, but when under stress (in soil that is too dry or too poor), it is susceptible to mites.