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Ilex aquifolium 'Silver Queen'

Holly

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

White

Feature

Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Lee Avison, copyright GAP Photos (124810)

Plant details

Despite its name, 'Silver Queen' is actually a male variety of holly. This means that it is primarily grown for its striking variegated foliage as, unlike female varieties, it doesn't produce berries. It makes a dense, upright tree that is quite slow-growing. 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) in recognition of its outstanding excellence.

Family: Aquifoliaceae

Genus: Ilex

Species: aquifolium

Cultivar: Silver Queen

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 400cm


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