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Ilex aquifolium 'Madame Briot'


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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Fruit, Dramatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


photo by Dave Zubraski, copyright GAP Photos (160315)

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. 'Madame Briot' is a female, noted for its fine crops of orange-red berries, which in autumn stand out in startling contrast to the yellow edged and mottled leaves. Plants make dense attractive shrubs, with purple stems and young foliage. 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 have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Aquifoliaceae

Genus: Ilex

Species: aquifolium

Cultivar: Madame Briot

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, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Expert

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 500cm

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