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Commonly known as Holly
Another member of the Christmas trinity with Ivy and Fir.
Another essential for the garden, either as a specimen, a backdrop to other plantings or even in a container for a few sprigs for a seasonal arrangement.
Gaudy golds, less showy silvers and subtle dark greens and berries in red, black, occasionally white, orange or yellow.
Genus of over 400 species of evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs and, rarely, climbers, from woodland in tropical, subtropical and temperate regions.
The native, I. aquifolium is a small tree of mysticism and magic, a protector of the house from evil and lightning and provider of timber for the finest woodwork.
Evergreen - and deciduous trees, shrubs and climbers.
Full sun - for best leaf colour in variegated varieties.
Additional Features - Good to know - grown for their foliage and berries. Simple leaves may have entire, spiny or spine-toothed margins. Both sexes needed to produce fruits. One male to five females is recommended. Wildlife plant. Birds, butterflies, moths.
Pests & Diseases - scale insects, leaf miners.
Place of origin - tropical, subtropical and temperate regions worldwide
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil