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Holly, Silver Variegated

Ilex aquifolium Silver Queen, I. a. Handsworth New Silver

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Price per item for 1+ 5+ 50+ 250+
Pg Mix 20-30cm
Pg Fem 20-30cm
Pg Mal 20-30cm
  • Plant Types & Availability - More information

    Pg = Pot Grown

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Silver Queen - Male (despite its name). Handsworth New Silver - Female.

Dense habit, dark purple stems, shade tolerant holding bright variegation in shade but happy in sun. Female has long spiny leaves which are mid-green with creamy margins and bright red berries. Male has broader variegated leaves but no berries. Both have nectar rich small white flowers in spring which are loved by bees. Both are evergreen. Our suggested mix has 1 male to 5 females to ensure good berrying.

HEDGE Trim late summer. For hedges 90cm - 4.6m (3 - 15ft). Plant 45 - 60cm (1.5 - 2ft) apart.

SHRUB Trim late summer if needed. 5.5 x 3m (18 x 10ft).

TREE 5.5 x 3m (18 x 10ft) in 20 years, ultimate height 9m (30ft).

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Holly, Silver Variegated is available as:

Pg = Pot Grown

Pot Grown Plants

These are normally sold in small 9cm wide pots, unless a different pot size is shown (where the pot size is shown in litres). Pot grown plants can be planted at any time of the year.


Pot Grown are generally available all year.

If a plant is currently out of stock because it is out of season (for example, bare rooted plants in summer) or we have sold out but we are expecting more to be available you can pre-order the plant. We only charge credit/debit cards when an order is despatched, not when an order is placed.

Planting Distances for planting as a Hedge

We recommend planting Holly, Silver Variegated in a single row between 45cm/18ins apart and 60cm/24ins apart:

Planting closer will mean the plants will grow together and form a hedge quicker, but requires more plants.

To calculate the number of plants needed for a length of hedging, click on Planting Distance Calculator above.

Planting Guide & RootGrow

We recommend planting with RootGrow. The recommended amount for RootGrow for an order will be shown in your shopping basket.

We will send out a planting guide with your order, you also can find a guide to planting here.


Hedging - As a general rule, plants grown for hedging need pruning to encourage side branching. Usually the harder a plant is pruned the bushier it will be. If they are not pruned there is a danger that the hedges will be thin and bare at the base and that the tips of the plants will die back. If the plant is naturally bushy, less or sometimes no pruning will be needed to achieve a dense hedge.

Holly, Silver Variegated: Prune any straggly or untidy shoots, otherwise no immediate pruning is required.

    • SKU
  • Awards
    • Awards
      RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Native/Wildlife/Evergreen
    • Good for Wildlife/Bees
    • Native
    • Evergreen/Deciduous
    • Keeps Leaves in Winter
  • Soil and position
    • Suitable for any normal soil and position, and
      Suitable for Chalky Soil
      Suitable for Costal Areas
      Suitable for Damp Shade
      Suitable for Dry Shade
      Suitable for Windy Sites
  • Plant Height and Growth
    • Hedge Height
      0.9-4.6m (3-15ft)
    • Approx. Ultimate Height
      14m (45ft)
    • Average Growth per Year
      25-30cm (9-12ins)
  • Root Type/Plant Size
    • Root Type/Plant Size
      Pot Grown, Male, 20-30cm (8-12ins)
      Pot Grown, Female, 20-30cm (8-12ins)
      Pot Grown, Mix, 20-30cm (8-12ins)
    • Potted/Bare Root
      Pot Grown