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Commonly known as Common holly, English holly, Hulver bush
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Evergreen - elliptic or ovate, glossy, dark-green leaves 5-10cm (2-4in) long. Leaves may be entire, wavy, spine-toothed or with spiny margins.
Height - to 25m (82ft)
Spread - 8m (26ft)
Hedge - Ideal for hedging - suitable for a coastal hedge if some protection given from direct sea-winds
Tall Shrub - tree or dense shrub. Usually erect or pyramidal. Long-lasting red, rarely orange or yellow berries.
Hardy - very cold winter - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
Additional Features - Berries - These plants have berries.
Good to know - wildlife plant. Important as cover for small birds. Food for birds, holly blue butterfly caterpillars, moths. Makes a good hedge.
Medicinal properties - holly leaves have diuretic properties and were also used in prescriptions for coughs and bronchitis.
Pests & Diseases - scale insects, leaf miners.
Place of origin - western and southern Europe, northern Africa, western Asia.
Garden Location/Conditions - Coastal / windswept - - slightly back from the sea with more shelter
Hardiness - Fully hardy -
Pruning group - Pruning group 1
Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1
Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil -
Tree Shape - Broadly columnar -
Wildlife - Bee friendly -
- Ilex Growing Guide
- Ilex propagation - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Ilex acquifolium 'Bacciflava' - Video Tip ondemand_video
- I. verticillata & dimorphophylla - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Ilex Species Article
- How to plant a tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- How to plant a tree
- Ties - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Restaking fallen young trees - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Fallen old tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Clearing up fallen beech tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Spring pruning - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing side shoots - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Pruning and Shaping Magnolia - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Deer protection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Weed Spraying - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing Ivy - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing wire protection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Tree Survey - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Crown uplift - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing shoots below graft - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing peeling bark - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Maintaining variegation - Video Tip ondemand_video
to 25m (82ft)