Ilex aquifolium (Common holly Hedging)
Sizes we sell: From 30cm to 5 metres tall (And everything in-between)
Root type: Available as containerised, bare root or root ball depending on time of year
Lead time: 10 working days
Price: Contact our sales team at [email protected] for our best prices and availability
Position: Full sun to deep shade. Stands exposed sites
Soil: Any well drained but moist soil, acid or alkaline
Rate of growth: 10-20cm per year
Height: Eventually 20m, may be kept 1-4m with pruning
Spread: As a tree, eventually 10m, may be kept 1-3m with pruning
Flowers: Clusters of small cream flowers in spring
Fruit: Usually red fruit on female plants
CAUTION: Toxic if eaten
In our opinion, UK-native holly is one of the best of all plants for a hedge. Evergreen, dense-growing, tolerant of a range of conditions and with super-glossy leaves edged with intruder-deterring spines, it makes a perfect choice in many situations, be they urban or rural. It looks at home in a traditional setting, perhaps as a front garden hedge above a low wall, or on a larger scale in front of estate fencing, but it can fit more contemporary settings too.
You can clip Ilex aquifolium quite tightly for a sharp, formal look or leave to grow looser as a more informal screen, when you may also get colourful winter berries from female plants. This is also a really great plant for wildlife – birds will enjoy the berries while the dense growth provides cover for many creatures. Common holly holds an Award of Garden Merit (AGM) from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) which is given only to the best garden plants.
For expert advice, prices and availability, please contact our helpful and friendly sales team at [email protected] or speak to us on 01753 628664, we are here to help with your next planting project.