Ilex aquifolium Ilex

Ilex

Description: Ilex aquifolium, also known as Common Holly is a slow growing shrub or small tree, rarely exceeding 10m, although in few circumstances has been known to reach 20m. White flowers appear in May and berries emerge on female plants around November, ripening red and providing a good source of food for birds. This plant is able to adapt to different conditions, will grow on almost any well drained soil, and is extremely tolerant of shady conditions. A versatile evergreen, multi-purpose tree for screens, hedges and as a specimen. 

History: One of Britain's few native evergreen trees. 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): up to 4m x 2m.

Attributes

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

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