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Ilex aquifolium 'Handsworth New Silver'


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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Fruit, Dramatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


photo by John Glover, copyright GAP Photos (12048)

Plant details

Most holly varieties are either male or female (a few are self-fertile) and both kinds need to be grown in the vicinity for the female shrubs to bear berries. 'Handsworth New Silver' is a female, noted for its fine crops of orange-red berries, which in autumn stand out in startling contrast to the cream edged and greyish mottled leaves. Plants make dense attractive shrubs, with purple stems. Like all common holly varieties, it is a robust plant, ideal for hedges and screens, both inland and by the sea, but also makes a good specimen shrub. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Aquifoliaceae

Genus: Ilex

Species: aquifolium

Cultivar: Handsworth New Silver

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Golden variegation

Feature: Fruit, Dramatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 800cm

Spread: 500cm

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