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Ilex aquifolium

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  • £3.99
Size / Type Price per item for
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Price per item for 1+ 5+ 50+ 250+
Pg Mix 30-40cm
Pg Fem 30-40cm
Pg Mal 30-40cm
Pg 2-3L
  • Plant Types & Availability - More information

    Pg = Pot Grown

    All prices include VAT at 20%.

Alaska - female. Atlas - male.

Very dense, prickly, evergreen plant, selected forms of native holly. Glossy, spiny, dark green foliage, tiny white, five petalled, sweetly scented, nectar rich flowers in spring good for pollinators, followed by bright red berries in winter on pollinated female plants. These provide good foor for birds. Shade tolerant and very hardy.

To ensure good berrying we recommend having 1 male to 5 females holly plants. The male can be any varitey (e.g. green, golden, golden variegated, silver variegated).

If you select Mix before clicking on "Add to Basket" we will send out 1 male for every 5 female plants. Please order the total number of plants you require. Alternatively, you can select Male or Female to order a specific number of male or female varities.

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

SHRUB Trim late summer if wanted. 5.5 x 3m (18 x 10ft) in 20 years.

TREE 5.5 x 3m (18 x 10ft) in 20 years, ultimate height 20m (65ft).

Save 10% on this plant when collecting from the Garden Centre - discount will be automatically applied when Click and Collect is selected - click here for more details.

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

    • SKU
  • Awards
    • Awards
      RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Native/Wildlife/Evergreen
    • RHS Plants for Pollinators
    • 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
      20m (65ft)
    • Average Growth per Year
      25-30cm (9-12ins)
  • Root Type/Plant Size
    • Root Type/Plant Size
      Pot Grown, 2-3 Litre Pot
      Pot Grown, Male, 30-40cm (12-18ins)
      Pot Grown, Female, 30-40cm (12-18ins)
      Pot Grown, Mix, 30-40cm (12-18ins)
    • Potted/Bare Root
      Pot Grown