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Holly Ilex aquifolium Silver Variegated Holly
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Holly Ilex aquifolium Silver Variegated Holly

Highlight your borders with the perfect punctuation of this super variegated holly.
  • Stunning variegated version of a Christmas classic for foliage interest all year round
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit winner
  • Tall standard stem, perfect for adding height or pairing up either side of doorways and entrances
  • Very tough and hardy with very little maintenance needed
  • Supplied as a 90cm tall, hand-trimmed standard form with 40cm clear stem, a 4-year-old tree, to plant out all year
  • Stunning variegated version of a Christmas classic for foliage interest all year round
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit winner
  • Tall standard stem, perfect for adding height or pairing up either side of doorways and entrances
  • Very tough and hardy with very little maintenance needed
  • Supplied as a 90cm tall, hand-trimmed standard form with 40cm clear stem, a 4-year-old tree, to plant out all year

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Few plants are more versatile than hollies, with their textural leaves, ornamental berries, and easy care, it is easy to see why they're so popular with UK gardeners.

This lovely silver-white, variegated broad-leaf holly adds a new dimension to the Christmas classic, giving you foliage interest all year round.

The variegation of Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea marginata' adds a unique brightness and lightness to the tree, setting off the berries well. Having coloured leaved, it is a little less vigorous than other hollies, and bears smaller crops of berries too, however this is more than made up for in the colour.

Grow as specimen trees and use the clear trunk to add a sense of height to borders, or grow in pairs in large pots either side of porches or doorways and gates. This holly also makes a very thick hedge too.

Very hardy and tough, it requires almost no maintenance each year, which has earned it the RHS Award of Garden Merit, so you can be sure that it will perform in your garden.

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Supplied as a 90cm tall, hand-trimmed standard form with 40cm clear stem, a 4 year old tree, to plant out all year. Very hardy.

Plant Care Information

RHS Garden Merit
RHS Garden Merit
Perfect In Pots
Perfect In Pots
Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
Wildlife Friendly

Top Tips

Remember that birds love holly berries and will eat the berries as they ripen. While many people are happy to feed garden wildlife, you may wish to net your bushes if you want to keep the berries on them.

Care Information

Planting Advice for Variegated Holly

  • Few plants are more versatile than hollies, with their textural leaves, ornamental berries, and easy care, it is easy to see why they're so popular with UK gardeners.
  • Generally unfussy as to soil, pot-grown trees can be planted at any time of the year as long as the soil is not waterlogged or frozen.
  • Dig a square planting hole 3 x wider than the roots of the shrub you're planting and mix some well-rotted compost or manure with the soil from the hole and use this to re-fill one the shrub is in place.
  • Before planting soak container-grown shrubs thoroughly and allow to drain.
  • Remove your Holly from its pot and tease out a few of the roots.
  • Add Mycorrhizal fungi to the roots when planting to help plants establish quicker.
  • Place your tree in the hole at the same level at the pot.
  • Refill the hole with the earth removed (backfilling).
  • Firm in the soil with your heel, avoiding the root ball and water well.
  • Mulch around the base of the plant with a collar, compost, gravel, bark etc.
  • Apply a tree guard to the trunk to deter rabbits.
  • If you prefer to grow your holly in a pot, use a good quality, soil-based compost.

Aftercare Advice for your Ilex aquifolium

  • Hollies need almost no maintenance if you keep them well-watered for the first couple of years to enable them to establish.
  • They are more or less trouble-free, with moderately fast growth.
  • The more light that your holly receives, the more leaves it will produce, so plant it where it will get maximum light.
  • To maximize berry production, it is worth investing in a separate, Male holly tree.

Pruning Advice for Holly

  • Prune your holly in early summer so that new growth won’t get damaged by frosts. Although your plant will look neater, you may find less berries in the winter as pruning will remove some of the summer flowers that will develop into fruit.
  • When pruning, remove only enough of the stem to neaten the appearance of your standard and cut at the end of a branch to a bud or leaf node.

Planting/Flowering Calendar

Best Time To Plant
When Your Plant Will Flower
When Your Plant Will Fruit
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
150 cm
75 cm
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