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Holly

Ilex aquifolium

Celynnen, Common holly, English holly, Holm, Hulst, Hulver

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Beautiful, slow-growing, medium-sized tree or shrub species dependent on the size it grows to. This plant is diecious and thus produces male and female flowers on individual plants, these are similar in appearance, white and 4-petalled, but may be distinguished by their centres. Female flowers have a visible green ovary in the centre of their blooms, this appears as a small bump and male flowers have 4 yellow stamens. The leaves are dark green, stiff and glossy with sharp spiked edges. In the spring flowers are followed by bright red, glossy berries on pollinated female plants, these are a popular food source for birds.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn, Winter

Special features

Geography

Origin
Europe, Eurasia

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Personality

Family
Aquifoliaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
None

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