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Many varieties of Ilex, commonly known as holly are grown widely across gardens are parks. In order to produce ornate and festive berries, both male and female plants need to be grown within locality of each other. Ilex aquifolium bears glossy spine toothed green leaves and can produce berries from red to orange depending on the plant. Ilex aquifolium 'Myrtifolia Aurea Maculata' is a larger shrub, and notable for its purple stems, which bear small leaves with spines and a spread of yellow colour across its dark green leaves.
Cultivar: Myritifolia Aurea Maculata
Plant type: Evergreen shrub
Flower colour: Green
Foliage colour: Golden variegation
Feature: Fruit, Dramatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry
Skill level: Beginner
Flowering period: May to June
Very good quick guide as I can't remember the veriety of Ilex in my garden but just wanted to know soil type and if shady or full sun before I moved it to it's new home in the garden.
Well done again Gardeners' World.
Friends in Sydenham have an over-large dominating holly bush - the common holly - that never flowers nor fruits, and there are no other hollies near by. It is in a sloping back garden, that is north facing, and my advice has been to take it out. The holly remains - but how to persuade them that it needs dealing with? And if it remains however severely pruned how do you find out what sex it is, and plant one of the other, to get the berries?
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