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Ilex aquifolium 'Myrtifolia Aurea Maculata' (m/v)

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

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

Stem

Purple in

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

holly 'Myrtifolia Aurea Maculata'

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

'Myrtifolia Aurea Maculata' is a compact large evergreen shrub with purple young stems. Leaves small, ovate, with short, regular spines and a deep yellow central blotch. Flowers small, dull white in spring or early summer

Synonym(s)

  • Ilex aquifolium 'Myrtifolia Aureovariegata'

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 full sun

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Hedging/Screens


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

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

Diseases

May be subject to holly leaf blight