Ilex x altaclerensis ‘Golden King’ Holly

Description: Despite its name, 'Golden King' is in fact a female holly that makes a compact, conical, evergreen shrub, and bears broad, ovate, slightly spiny leaves that are dark green and margined yellow. Produces small white flowers followed by pretty red berries in the autumn/winter, although the crop will be more abundant with a male nearby.

History: Ilex 'Golden King' is a sport from Ilex x altaclarensis Hendersonii which occurred at Lawson nursery in Scotland shortly before 1876. 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

  • Evergreen
  • Flowering month: May
  • S Size: Small
  • Leaf colour: Yellow / Green
  • Award-winning
  • Open space planting
  • Can be hard pruned
  • Drought tolerant
  • Fruit for wildlife
  • Prefers acid soil
  • Suitable for hedging

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