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This genus contains about 400 species of evergreen or deciduous trees, shrubs and climbers. Used for its foliage and berries since Roman times, Ilex - or Holly as it is commonly known - has long been associated with festivals, including Christmas because of its bright red, round berries. 

In the majority of species, male and female flowers usually grow on separate trees, thus plants of both sexes are required for the production of berries. However, some of the new cultivars are self-fertile, such as Ilex burfordii which has white flowers which look stunning against the dark, green glossy foliage and which are followed by bright red berries. This makes a great specimen shrub and is also excellent for hedging. 



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aka Meserve Holly

A lovely evergreen Holly with deep green foliage that has a purple-blue overtone highlighted by dark purple stems. The small white flowers are followed by red berries if pollination has occurred therefore best planted with Ilex Blue Prince the larger male form.

Ideal for using as a low hedge or screen. Clips well really. Tolerant, hardy and easy to grow. Looks wonderful combined with blue annuals and perennials.

 

Flower Colour: White
Habit: Compact
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m

Ilex Blue Angel

New stock expected Middle of April, 2022. Pre-order now. Estimated price $19.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.

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aka Holly Standard

The dark, green, glossy foliage of this Holly has a distinctive blue hue which is attractively highlighted by the dark purple stems. White flowers in spring but no berries as this is a male form. A very hardy no fuss shrub that clips well. Evergreen. Presented here as a standard.

 

Flower Colour: White
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std

Ilex Blue Prince Std 80cm

Current Stock Height: STD-80/HGT-120 cm  ? 

Container: 8l  ? 

$129.99

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This handsome variety has relatively long leaves marked in grey and edged in cream and purple stems - a very clean variegation. Compact, dense evergreen tree or shrub with purple young shoots. Nice small white flowers followed by red berries. Evergreen.

It is female and free fruiting but will require a male within bee travelling distance for the small white flowers to produce numerous red berries.

 

Flower Colour: White
Habit: Dense Compact
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 4m

Ilex Handsworth New Silver

Current Stock Height: 30/45 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

$34.99

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aka Japanese Holly

A delightful little Holly that is ideal for hedging and topiary work. Small glossy green leaves and a neat and tidy habit. This female clone has little black berries that follow the insignificant flowers. A worthy substitute for Box. Happy in a sunny position in nice deep soil. Hardy.

 

Flower Colour: White
Habit: Compact
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m

Ilex Helleri

Current Stock Height: 15/25 cm  ? 

Container: 2l  ? 

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aka Holly

Topiary Ball. One of the most attractive hollies with tiny leaves that form into a dense shrub. This is a small leafed clone. The fruits are small black and shiny. Ideal for hedging or topiary work. Evergreen.

 

Habit: Compact
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: cm x cm

Ilex Helleri Balls

Current Stock Height: 20/25  ? 

Container: 8l  ? 

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aka Holly

An unusual and desirable form of the hardy and ever reliable Holly. Very dark green leaves - can be used for hedging, topiary or as a background plant. Easy to grow just about anywhere but happiest in a sunny open spot. Evergreen.

 

Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m

Ilex Lago

Current Stock Height: 40/80 cm  ? 

Container: 3l  ? 

$24.99

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aka Japanese Holly

Fabulous form and foliage make this Holly a useful and desirable plant. Growing naturally in a tight upright column it looks great in containers or can be used as an accent point. Happy in sun or part shade. Small white flowers followed by black berries but these are fairly inconspicuous. Evergreen.

This is also a useful plant where a narrow screen or hedge is required, it will do the job without dominating or becoming a constant trimming problem.

 

Flower Colour: White
Habit: Columnar
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 0.5m

Ilex Sky Pencil

Current Stock Height: 60/70 cm  ? 

Container: 8l  ? 

$49.99

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