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  • English holly (self-fertile female)
  • Eventual height: 6m
  • Eventual spread: 4m

Ilex aquifolium 'J.C. van Tol'

English holly (self-fertile female)

5 year guarantee RHS award of garden merit Perfect for pollinators
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7 lt pot (1-1.5m) £69.99 £59.49
7 lt pot (1-1.5m) £69.99 £59.49
  • 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

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    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.