Coleonema pulchrum aurea- Golden diosma

Coleonema pulchrum aurea- Golden diosma

Coleonema Pulchrum Aurea- Golden diosma

Coleonema Pulchrum Aurea Golden diosma is an evergreen shrub with fine bright yellow foliage. Its a versatile and attractive shrub grown mainly for the foliage, however in spring it gets covered in tiny pale pink flowers.

Golden diosma is a great plant for colour contrast in any garden. Its also makes a great low hedge.

Prefers moist well drained soil. Can be grown in full sun or part shade. The more shade its exposed to the greener the foliage appears. Keeps its bright yellow colour best in full sun. Plants should be pruned to maintain a compact habit. Don’t allow to dry out during summer.

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Cultural notes

Botanical name: Coleonema Pulchrum Aurea

Common name: Golden diosma

Family: Rutaceae

Native to: Southern Africa

Flowers: Spring

Position: Full sun/Part shade

Height: 60-75cm

Width: 1m

Can i prune Golden Diosma?

Absolutely! Golden diosma is a great little shrub and can be pruned to almost any shape your heart desires. We think golden diosmas make a fantastic low hedge. The bright yellow colour and aromatic leaves make it awesome for lining walkways and paths.

The best times for pruning are during spring and early autumn, avoid pruning during extreme temperatures.

How far apart should i plant Golden Diosmas to form a low hedge?

To establish a nice dense hedge fast, plant them 30-50cm apart. Start to prune them once they are around 40cm high. Golden diosma will only grow to about 75cm high yet it can spread about a metre. Prune the sides as needed to maintain a compact hedge.

What plants go well with Golden Diosma?

We like using diosma with other plants that have interesting foliage. Nandina nana, moonbay or domestica distantly spring to mind. Also colourful bright grasses like carex, blue fescue or purple fountain grass. Even flowering plants like scaevola, brachyscome and seaside daisy complement diosmas well.

Pest and diseases.

To date we haven't experienced any problems with disease and pests. Golden diosmas are very care free. Just keep them moist during dry spells.

How do you propagate golden diosma?

We use tip cuttings, plugged into a mix of perlite and peat moss. For full details read this article or watch the short video below.