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.
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
Skill level: Beginner
Flowering period: May to June
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