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Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata' (f/v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

Berries may cause mild stomach upset if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Cream and Green in Autumn, Summer and Winter
Cream, Green and Pink in Spring

Fruit

Red in Autumn and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

silver-margined holly

Family

Aquifoliaceae


Ilex can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs and trees with often spiny leaves, small white flowers (male and female usually on separate plants) and, on female plants, showy berries in autumn

'Argentea Marginata' is a medium-sized evergreen tree of conical outline, with spiny, undulate leaves boldly edged with cream and tinged pink when young. Flowers small, dull white; berries bright red

Synonym(s)

  • Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Variegata'
  • Ilex × altaclerensis 'Variegata'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Easy to grow in a well-drained soil in a sunny position; good as a hedge plant

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Hedging/Screens


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Aphids, scale insects and holly leaf miner may be a problem

Diseases

May be affected by holly leaf blight