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Ilex aquifolium


English Holly

Dark green evergreen leaves and bright red berries

The common holly is found in many British gardens and is grown for its structure and for its winter berries. It is perfect for creating traditional Christmas wreaths.


This plant is often used as hedging.


Very tolerant of most conditions to thrive they prefer good levels of sunlight and well-drained, but moist soil.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub, Hedging
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 400 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 200 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
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, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From March to September