Ilex aquifolium ‘J.C. van Tol’ Ilex

Ilex

Description: Ilex aquifolium 'J.C. van Tol' is a self-fertile Ilex variety that grows from a shrub into a small or medium-size tree with a broad oval crown. This hardy native holly is unusual in that its glossy, dark green leaves are almost spineless. Its bright red berries appear on dark purple stems in autumn and persist through the winter months. It is perfect for small gardens, where it can be used for low screening, or planted as a specimen in a border for year round interest.

History: Raised in Holland at the end of the last century. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 2002.

Ilex Growing Tips: Thrive in almost any well drained soil, in shade or sun. Most are tolerant of urban pollution and coastal conditions.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 3m x 2m.

Attributes

  • Drought tolerant
  • Evergreen: Evergreen
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Fruit for wildlife
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • S Size: Small
  • Prefers acid soil
  • Suitable for hedging
  • Can be hard pruned

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