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Ilex aquifolium

English holly

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  • Ilex aquifolium | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Ilex aquifolium | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Features

  • Blooms & FruitsMay & September
  • Height10m to 20m
  • Spread4m to 6m
  • Growth HabitBroad conical
  • Flower ColourWhite yellow
  • Leaf ColourDark green yellow variegated
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Ilex aquifolium (English holly). This species will produce evergreen foliage and small berries. They will grow well in rich, acidic soil that is well drained. The leaves are normally spiny dark green, The berries will range in colour from red to creamy white. The leaves are normally spiny and dark green.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Southern Europe and Northern Africa

Interest and use

Hedging. Winter interest. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium, Poor quality
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Watch out for the thorns.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds in the spring or by semi-ripe cuttings from late summer to early winter.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for holly aphid and holly leaf miner.

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