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Ilex aquifolium Handsworth New Silver



Gives great year round interest

A beautiful variegated holly with long, dark green leaves, mottled with grey and edged with cream. The leaves are waved and spiny giving the shrub a lighter, brighter effect than many other hollies. Strong dark stems grow to make a large, flame-shaped shrub, becoming broader as it matures. This is a female holly and produces plenty of bright red fruit when a male pollinator is close by. A long term garden plant with year-round interest.


Plant in full sun or shade as a specimen, for screening or structure at the back of a bed or border. A good alternative to a small tree.


Any well-drained fertile soil. No pruning required except to influence size or shape.

Hollies are reputed to keep witches and evil spirits away. For that reason they were often planted by cottage doorways

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering May - June
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 180 cm - 240 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 200 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 180 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden

Typically available

From March to September