Ilex aquifolium L.

Common Holly, English Holly

Leaves Cultivar Argentea Marginata

Leaves Cultivar Argentea Marginata


Family: Aquifoliaceae

Genus: Ilex

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 6 to 8 (10 on West Coast) (Dirr)

Size: 15 to 50', 15' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Leaves simple, glossy, dark green and wavy with many spines. Females produce red berries but need a male of the same species for best fruit set. Slow growing in hotter climates.


'J.C van Rol' - dark green leaves, almost spineless, lots of berries, self-pollinating

'Ferox' - hedgehog holly, male so no berries, small very spiny leaves, slow growing

'Argentea Marginata' - dark green leaves edged with cream white, pyramidal, red berries


First published in Sp. Pl. 1: 125 in 1753.

Native to northern Africa, Europe and the UK, and western Asia.

RHS Award of Garden Merit 2002.


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