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Ilex × altaclerensis 'Lawsoniana' (f/v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree or Shrub

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

Green and Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Dark Red in Autumn and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

holly 'Lawsoniana'

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

'Lawsoniana' is a bushy large evergreen shrub or small tree to 6m, with broad, almost spineless leaves splashed with yellow and yellow-green in the centre. Flowers small, dull white; berries dull red

Synonym(s)

  • Ilex aquifolium 'Lawsoniana'

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

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers, Hedging/Screens or Low Maintenance


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