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  • Eventual height: 6m
  • Eventual spread: 3m

Ilex aquifolium 'Alaska'

English holly (Female)

5 year guarantee RHS award of garden merit Perfect for pollinators
7 lt pot (1-1.2m) £89.99
  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing
  • Flowering period: May to June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A wonderful addition to the winter garden, when the clusters of bright red berries offer a welcome splash of colour, back-lit by the rich green, spiny-edged leaves. This variety of our native English holly makes an excellent hedge if clipped annually in late summer - and its prickly leaves make it ideal for deterring potential intruders.

  • 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