Ilex aquifolium ‘Handsworth New Silver’ Ilex

Ilex

Description: Included in the ‘Argentea Marginata’ group. 'Handsworth New Silver' makes a large, dense, evergreen shrub with dark purple stems and young growth bearing spiny, long, narrow, glossy green leaves, broadly margined with cream. The small white flowers are followed by bright red berries that are toxic to humans, also something to consider with children in the garden. The female varieties need a male partner to pollinate them. Tolerant of most positions but prefers a loamy well drained soil.

History: (1850) Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

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): 2m x 1.5m

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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