Quercus ilex

Holm oak

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Plant type

Evergreen tree


Dramatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


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Plant details

Holder of the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM), the holm oak is a magificent evergreen tree from south-western europe. Unfortunately it is not entirely hardy in this country so it needs a sheltered position, protected from cold winds and frost.

Family: Fagaceae

Genus: Quercus

Species: ilex

Plant type: Evergreen tree

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 2500cm

Spread: 2000cm

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