Ilex aquifolium ‘Silver Queen’ Ilex

Ilex

Description: 'Silver Queen' is a dense, small, evergreen tree or shrub with purple young shoots, bearing distinctive silver margins on its spiny and glossy green leaves. Despite the name this is a male variety so does not produce fruit. Makes an attractive, slow-growing spiky hedge that clips very well and is an ideal evergreen to include in mixed hedges.

History: Introduced in 1863. 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): 3m x 2m

Attributes

  • Tree shape: Conical
  • Drought tolerant
  • Evergreen: Evergreen
  • Leaf colour: Green/ Silver
  • S Size: Small
  • Prefers acid soil
  • Can be hard pruned

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