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Holly in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Ilex aquifolium

 

Holly

The genus Ilex, commonly called holly, can be found throughout the world in both temperate and subtropical regions. It includes species of trees, shrubs, and climbers, with evergreen or deciduous foliage and inconspicuous flowers. They are slow-growing plants which can grow to 25m tall. The type species is the European holly Ilex aquifolium. This is known as the common or English holly and has shiny, dark green foliage with yellow margins. It is self fertile and so produces berries without a male variety being present although having a male variety nearby can increase berry production.

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plant Features
  • Holly likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Holly likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Holly is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Holly likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Holly

Latin name

Ilex aquifolium

type

Trees or Shrubs

family

Aquifoliaceae

ph

5.0 - 8.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Holly likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Holly is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Holly likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Holly likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Holly is 2.50meters x 4.00meters 2.50 M 4.00 M

Ilex aquifolium

The genus Ilex, commonly called holly, can be found throughout the world in both temperate and subtropical regions. It includes species of trees, shrubs, and climbers, with evergreen or deciduous foliage and inconspicuous flowers. They are slow-growing plants which can grow to 25m tall. The type species is the European holly Ilex aquifolium. This is known as the common or English holly and has shiny, dark green foliage with yellow margins. It is self fertile and so produces berries without a male variety being present although having a male variety nearby can increase berry production.


Flowering Season

From Late Spring TO Late Spring

The flowers, which are a drab white. appear from late Spring and are followed by clusters of shiny red berries in the Autumn

 

Planting

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Put pot grown plants out into growing position after digging in compost.

 

Propagating by seed

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

Sow seed throughout the year under glass.

 

Propagating by cuttings

From Late Summer TO Mid Autumn

Semi hard wood cuttings are taken from the current years growth from late summer to mid autumn the bottom of the cuttings is hard and soft on the top. With a sharp knife take a cutting of about 14 cms, remove lowest leaves, dip end into rooting hormone, and place round the edge of a pot filled with a suitable compost, water well, they must remain moist till rooted, place under glass but in semi shade.

 
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