Ilex x altaclerensis 'Golden King'


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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Fruit, Dramatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


Ilex 'Golden Queen'

Plant details

Found over a century ago growing in a garden, Ilex 'Golden Queen' is just one of several popular varieties of a garden hybrid, Ilex x altaclerensis, bred partly from the common English holly, Ilex aquifolium. It's very hardy and tolerates most soils, as well as seaside air and atmospheric pollution, and fruits well in sun or shade. Its handsome variegated leaves are flat and shapely, free from spines and ornamented with a prominent irregular golden yellow edge. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Ilex 'Golden Queen' in moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Grow near a male plant for good crops of berries.

Family: Aquifoliaceae

Genus: Ilex

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 600cm

Spread: 300cm

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