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Ilex aquifolium 'Handsworth New Silver' (f/v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub or Tree

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

Berries may cause mild stomach upset if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring and Summer

Foliage

White and Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Red in Autumn and Winter

Stem

Dark Purple in

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

holly 'Handsworth New Silver'

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

'Handsworth New Silver' is a compact, dense evergreen tree or shrub with purple young shoots. Elliptic leaves, to 9cm in length, have spines in plane of leaf, and are broadly margined with white. Flowers small, white, followed by bright red berries

Synonym(s)

  • Ilex aquifolium 'Handsworth Silver'

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

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

Architectural


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