English Holly

Ilex aquifolium

English Holly - Ilex aquifolium

Common Name: English Holly
Genus: Ilex
Species: aquifolium

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has interesting foliage, Provides winter colour, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 20.00 m (2000 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 6.00 m (600 cm)

Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Colour: Green

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Lustrous spiny dark green leaves and long-lasting bright red berries from autumn to winter. In time this English holly forms a tall conical tree - making a majestic evergreen specimen plant for large gardens or parks. By far the commonest native tree it will thrive in any moderately fertile well-drained soil in sun or partial shade.

Other Features: the berries may cause a mild stomach upset if ingested; to guarantee berries it's necessary to plant a male holly nearby; stems of holly are ideal for floral arrangements.

Garden Care: Plants grown as free-standing specimens require minimal pruning - remove diseased or misplaced branches in spring. Trim plants grown as formal hedges in late summer. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plant.

Similar Plants:

English Holly (Self-fertile female) - Ilex aquifolium  'J.C.van Tol'

English Holly (Self-fertile female)
Ilex aquifolium 'J.C.van Tol'

Holly (female) - Ilex ×  altaclerensis  'Golden King'

Holly (female)
Ilex × altaclerensis 'Golden King'