Ilex aquifolium 

Our native Holly. The Holly and the Ivy tells us that 'of all the trees that are in the wood, the Holly bears the crown'. Hmmm... not so sure about that. Left to its own devices, it's a bit of a shapeless, gaunt thing but where it DOES bear the crown is as topiary. Being a native it's been shaped into hedges and geometric shapes for for untold centuries. One of the hardiest evergreens in existence, slow growing, beautifully dense (after a few years of constant clipping) and untroubled by much in the way of pests and diseases.

Familiar dark green (definitely British Racing Green) shiny and prickly leaves and little white flowers. Sun or shade.

There are many different forms of Ilex aquifolium. We stick to the one that's familiar. Usually as a half standard (3ft trunk with a rounded clipped top).

Propagated by cuttings.

Features Hardiness rating

Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)

This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.

Exposed, Pots, Shade, Soil - Clay, Soil - Dry/Well drained, Soil - Soggy, Space & Light, Topiary & Niwaki, Trees - Small Green

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