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Common Holly - Ilex aquifolium (latin)

Area of origin: Europe.
Adult Dimensions: Height up to 20m (65,6'), width up to 15m (49,2').
Foliage: Evergreen.
Soil Type: Dislikes lime.
Hardiness: Hardy to -20°C,
prefers damp area.
Exposure: Semi-shade to full sun.


Properties and uses:
The red fruits remain throughout the winter and are very decorative as are the shiny green leaves. This shrub is perfect within hedges, flowerbeds or planted alone, and fits well into any size of garden. It can also be planted in containers and can be shaped easily such as into standards. Commonly used by florists. Holly requires male and female plants for producing fruit. Only the females produce the fruit.

List of hollies:
Alaska Holly (Ilex aquifolium 'Alaska'), female, abundance of decorative red berries, shiny green foliage.
Argenteomarginata Holly (Ilex aquifolium 'Argenteomarginata'), female, producing red berries throughout the winter, shiny green foliage with off white margins.

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