Ilex aquifolium 'Silver Queen'

Ilex aquifolium 'Silver Queen'

Holly

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Flowers
Flowers
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Fruits
Fruits
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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Ilex aquifolium 'Silver Queen'
  • Common name: Holly
  • Plant type: Shrub
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 12m

Spread: 6m

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colours:
  • Green
  • Silver
  • Variegation
  • Features: Dramatic foliage, Fruit

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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 ‘Silver Queen’ is a male holly, bearing distinctive silver margins on its spiny and glossy green leaves. The stems and young foliage are purple. For best results grow Ilex aquifolium ‘Silver Queen’ in moist but well-drained soil, in sun or shade.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Provides shelter/habitat, Makes a good wildlife hedge, Seeds for birds, Caterpillar food plant

Care routine

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Sow
Sow
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Plant
Plant
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Take cuttings
Take cuttings
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Yes
Prune
Prune
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Collect seed
Collect seed
Yes
Yes
Yes

Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Toxic part: Fruit
  • Effects: Purgative if ingested

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