Ilex aquifolium 'Aurea Marginata'


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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Ilex aquifolium 'Aurea Marginata'

Plant details

Common holly, Ilex aquifolium, is a useful evergreen shrub that can be grown as a specimen tree, clipped bushes or as a hedge. There are dozens of varieties, many with variegated leaves. Plants are either male or female, and only the female plants bear berries. Both sexes are required for the female plants to produce berries, which appear from late autumn to mid-winter.

Ilex aquifolium ‘Aurea Marginata’ has distinctive yellow margins on its spiny and glossy green leaves. For best results grow in moist but well-drained soil, in sun or shade.

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: 1200cm

Spread: 600cm

Flowering period: May to June

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