Botanical Name: Humulus lupulus 'Aureus'
Common Name: Golden Hops  
Plant photo of: Humulus lupulus 'Aureus'
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply as little fertilizer as possible.

If you use fertilizer make sure it stays on the landscape, and carefully water it in so there is NO runoff.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Perennial, Vine


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Yellow


Bark Color



Fruit Color

Brown, Green


Fruit Season

Summer, Fall


Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Tropical, Woodland


Accenting Features



Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Entry, Shrub Border, Raised Planter


Special Uses



Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Hops is a deciduous, twining perennial vine, that once established, can grow vigorously to 15 to 25 feet each year. In our climate, it frequently dies to the ground and so its size is easier to contain. This cultivar has coarsely serrate, 3-5 lobed leaves which emerge bright chartreuse in spring, but some leaves tend to turn more greenish as the growing season progresses. Greenish female flowers are borne in small, bracted spikes resembling cones which mature in late summer. Flowers emit a pine-like fragrance and are attractive to butterflies. Great for arbors.
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, rich soils, but has some tolerance for drought. Dies to the ground each winter, so stems may be pruned to the ground in autumn after a hard frost. Requires support to climb, so when planting on arbors, fences, or other structures, give it something to wrap around.