English Holly Dome – 90cm
Ilex aquifolium [Ilex aqui‐fo‐li‐um]
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The common Holly or the English Holly Dome is easily recognisable for its spine-toothed or spiky leaves which are dark green and glossy in colour. As the trees grow older, the leaves are more likely to be smooth; particularly on the upper parts of trees. The distinctive red berries remain on the tree throughout winter.
Growing & Care
The English Holly Dome is fully hardy and can be grown in both full sun and partial shade. It is extremely popular as a topiarised or ornamental shrub and prefers a fertile soil.
Its slow growth rate means that pruning is only required once a year. The low maintenance hedging provides a safe haven for birds and animals as well as being a good alternative to the traditional box hedging.
Did you Know?
Whilst Holly is commonly used at Christmas, the tree was seen as a fertility symbol, protect from lightning strikes and charm against witches. It is said that the felling of whole trees was said to bring bad luck.