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Found over a century ago growing in a garden, this is just one of several popular varieties of a garden hybrid, I. x altaclerensis, bred partly from the common English holly, I. aquifolium. It is very hardy and tolerates most soils, as well as seaside air and atmospheric pollution, and fruits well in sun or shade. The handsome variegated leaves are quite flat and shapely, totally free from spines and ornamented with a prominent irregular golden yellow edge. Grow near a male plant for good crops of berries. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Species: x altaclerensis
Cultivar: Golden King
Plant type: Evergreen shrub
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Golden variegation
Feature: Fruit, Dramatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Skill level: Beginner
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