English Holly (Self-fertile female)

Ilex aquifolium 'J.C.van Tol'

English Holly (Self-fertile female) - Ilex aquifolium  'J.C.van Tol'

Common Name: English Holly (Self-fertile female)
Genus: Ilex
Species: aquifolium
Cultivar: 'J.C.van Tol'

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Good for wildlife, Provides winter colour, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 6.00 m (600 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 4.00 m (400 cm)

Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May & June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This hardy native holly is unusual in that its glossy dark green leaves are almost spineless. It is also self-fertile and so does not need to be near a male holly to produce fruit. Instead the bright red berries appear on dark purple stems in autumn and persist through the winter months providing a rich source of food for birds. This holly makes a handsome evergreen specimen tree for a small garden with fertile moist well-drained soil.

  • Garden care: Plants grown as free-standing specimens require minimal pruning - remove diseased or misplaced branches in spring. Trim plants grown as formal hedges in late summer. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plant.

  • Goes well with: Griselina littoralis, Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Purpureum', Taxus baccata, Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety', Viburnum tinus 'Eve Price', Galanthus nivalis.

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