ILEX

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.

 

Further Reading....

  • Evergreen
    And deciduous trees, shrubs and climbers.
  • Tall Shrub
  • Full sun
    For best leaf colour in variegated varieties.
  • Partial shade
  • 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

Buy Varieties of ILEX

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ILEX x altaclerensis 'Camelliifolia'

ILEX x altaclerensis 'Camelliifolia'

Highclere holly

Pyramidical habit with purple stems and scarlet fruit. Leaves have few spines and are a glossy dark shiny green

 
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Available Early Spring 2022 - Spring according to the Met office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore early spring is early March to mid-April. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
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ILEX x altaclerensis 'Golden King'

ILEX x altaclerensis 'Golden King'

Highclere holly

Female, gold edged leaf

 
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ILEX aquifolium

ILEX aquifolium

Common holly, English holly, Hulver bush

 
pot grown
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individually £9.50 each , 10+ £8.50 each 
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ILEX aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata'

ILEX aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata'

Broad-leaved silver holly

Female, silver variegated

 
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£14.00 each 
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ILEX aquifolium 'Atlas'

ILEX aquifolium 'Atlas'

Common holly, English holly

Male clone with dark green spiny leaves

 
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£14.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
ILEX aquifolium 'Bacciflava'

ILEX aquifolium 'Bacciflava'

Yellow-fruited holly

Female. Yellow berries

 
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£14.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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ILEX aquifolium 'Ferox-Argentea'

ILEX aquifolium 'Ferox-Argentea'

Silver hedgehog-holly

Male, creamy-white leaf margins on convoluted and puckered leaves with large spines

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ £12 each
£14.00 each 
ILEX aquifolium 'Golden van Tol'

ILEX aquifolium 'Golden van Tol'

Common holly, English holly

Female. Pyramidal habit, yellow edged foliage and orange berries

 
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£14.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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ILEX aquifolium 'J.C. van Tol'

ILEX aquifolium 'J.C. van Tol'

Common holly, English holly

Female. Dark but almost spineless green leaves and red fruits

 
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£14.00 each 
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ILEX aquifolium 'Pyramidalis'

ILEX aquifolium 'Pyramidalis'

Common holly

Self-fertile, narrowly conical, upright, female form

 
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£14.00 each 
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ILEX aquifolium 'Silver Queen'

ILEX aquifolium 'Silver Queen'

Common holly, English holly

Male. Cream-edged leaf

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ £12 each
£14.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
ILEX x attenuata 'Sunny Foster'

ILEX x attenuata 'Sunny Foster'

Topal holly

Small leaves, bronze at first. Turning yellow in summer. Red berries in autumn

 
£16.00 each 
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ILEX crenata 'Golden Gem'

ILEX crenata 'Golden Gem'

Japanese holly

Compact shrub with attractive yellowish leaves in winter and spring

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ £12 each
£14.00 each 
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ILEX dimorphophylla

ILEX dimorphophylla

Okinawan holly

Upright small shrub with very spiny young foliage

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ £12 each
£14.00 each 
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ILEX x koehneana 'Chestnut Leaf'

ILEX x koehneana 'Chestnut Leaf'

Holly

Purple new growth and thick leathery green leaves edged with spiny teeth. Red fruits

 
£16.00 each 
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ILEX x meserveae 'Blue Prince'

ILEX x meserveae 'Blue Prince'

Blue holly

Male form with foliage so dark it appears blue in winter

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ £12 each
£14.00 each 
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ILEX x meserveae 'Blue Princess'

ILEX x meserveae 'Blue Princess'

Blue holly

Female. Free- berrying form of the above

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ £12 each
£14.00 each 
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ILEX mutchagara

ILEX mutchagara

Holly

Female. Dense upright branching habit with smallish green leaves. Although a rare species it makes a good windbreak

 
£14.00 £7.00 each 
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ILEX spinigera

ILEX spinigera

Persian holly

Female. Undulating and deeply spined leaves, orange-red berries

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ £12 each
£14.00 each 
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ILEX verticillata

ILEX verticillata

Black alder, Holly, Winterberry

deciduous shrub with good yellow autumn colour and bright red fruits. Plants supplied not sexed..

 
£17.50 each 
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