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Holly (Ilex aquifolium)

With glossy leaves and shiny berries Holly is a well loved plant associated with festivities while their red berries act as a source of food for small mammals. Holly gives birds plenty of cover and excellent nesting sites, and hedgehogs and other small mammals may use its deep, dry leaf litter for hibernating. In the past the tree was seen as a fertility symbol and a charm against witches.

The size of each plant is between 15 – 50cm in height from the root plug.&a

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  • Product Description

    A popular choice for year-round hedging, English Holly (Ilex aquifolium) adds a pleasant splash of colour and winter coverage when the weather gets chilly. Holly hedges provide excellent, pollution-resistant windbreaks and are a great deterrent to intruders because of their dense growth and spiky leaves. Ilex aquifolium also serves as a winter refuge for local birds, who graze on the plant's characteristic orange or red berries. It's crucial to remember, though, that holly berries are poisonous to both people and animals.

    When kept well-trimmed, Holly makes a great decorative hedge. It also works well as a component of a mixed native evergreen hedge to add much-needed colour to your landscape during the winter months. For an impenetrable hedge, Ilex aquifolium works well when combined with other prickly hedge species.

    Holly plants need to be trimmed in late winter or early spring when the hedge is dormant because they grow slowly, about 10-15 cm annually. Holly hedging is good for exposed places and gardens by the sea; it likes full or partial shade and moist soil.


    Tree attributes

    • Fully hardy
    • Can be planted in most soils
    • Can be planted on sheltered or exposed sites
  • Our Commitment

    Our trees are planted, grown and cared for on site. This means, once the seeds are delivered to us we plant them, establish them in our polytunnels and then harden them off. The trees you are delivered have been with us since seed and we look after them until the moment they leave.

    Every tree is handpicked and packaged with the utmost care and attention to ensure your trees are delivered fighting fit to help against climate change. 

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  • Deliveries

    All postage and packaging charges for products delivered to the Mainland UK are included within the price. Additional charges apply for Northern Ireland, The Highlands & Scottish Isles, The Channel Islands, Scilly Isles & Isle of Man when ordering more than 8 trees.

    As a guide, orders for 8 plants or more will be sent via a courier, 8 plants or fewer will be sent by Royal Mail.

    For more information, please visit the Delivery page

  • Refunds

    Your happiness is our business and that is why we individually check every single tree that we send out. If you have a concern about your tree, please get in touch with us within 7 days so that we can diagnose the issue. Very rarely, we might ask you to send the tree back to us in secure packaging to help us identify the issue but often we can identify the issue with photographs.

    For more information, please visit the Refunds page

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