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Ilex aquifolium

Common holly

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Key information

Plant type

Native shrub

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Dave Zubraski, copyright GAP Photos (230758)

Plant details

Common holly 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. Both sexes are required for the female plants to produce their winter berries, which appear from late autumn to mid-winter. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Aquifoliaceae

Genus: Ilex

Species: aquifolium

Plant type: Native shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 2000cm

Spread: 800cm

Time to plant seeds: October to March


Reader reviews


kathryn.brock

This is fine but how do you know the sex of hollies?



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