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Ilex aquifolium 'Silver Queen'


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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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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