Ilex aquifolium ‘Silver Queen’ (also called male Holly)
Robust, slow growing, upright, evergreen tree with glossy prickly leaves. Despite the name, this is a male tree. Useful as a specimen or part of a hedge. Suitable for hedging or as a specimen. Can tolerate maritime exposure and atmospheric pollution. Noted for attracting wildlife.
All year round.
Upright, dense habit. H: up to 5m. S: up to 4m.
Leaves elliptic with spiny edges. Thick, glossy and slightly waxy. Variegated – dark green with cream edges. Paler green veins. New leaves are tinged with pink.
Stem round and smooth. Young stems tinged with purple/pink.
Flowers small and yellow. No fruit.
Will grow in sun or partial shade. Does well in Quercus (oak) woodland, growing as under storey.
Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy.
Trim hedges once in late summer. Responds well, if slowly, to hard pruning.
Slow rooting. Layer branches or take cuttings in autumn.
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