The Common Holly tree (Ilex aquifolium) is a well-known tree with the multiple benefits of providing evergreen winter colour and quantities of attractive red berries. This tree does well in most locations, especially suited to windy, exposed locations. Planted at a spacing of 0.6m (2ft) between trees, this holly makes for an attractive, evergreen, prickly hedge.
A small tree, therefore expect a height of up to 4 metres (13 ft) after 10 years.
Common holly is supplied at a height of 1.0 metres in a 7L container, which means that the tree can be planted any time of the year and with better results than either bare-root or rootballed trees.
If you are interested in other variations of Holly then click HOLLY HEDGING for plants starting at 20-40 cm and come in packs of 10, 25 and 100.
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Sexing common Holly trees are not possible until the trees are mature. You would want to know this not because of some voyeuristic hobby but because it is only the female plant that produces berries. If you see a mature Holly tree without any, this will be because it is either a male Holly tree, there has been a long dry spell, over pruning or the tree is not old enough to produce them.
See What Our Customers Are Saying About Our Common Holly Tree (Ilex Aquifolium)
October 2013: Dear Senior Dogsbody, Thank you for your e-mail. I can report that the tree arrived safely and was not purloined the front of the house whilst awaiting planting. It was still upright and green when removed from box and said `Thank you' when I planted it. It is a fine looking tree. Do you guarantee berries next year? Our experience would not stop us from using you again. We hope this message helps reduce the stress. J&E Harding
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Ornamental Tree Roots In The Shade e.g. Behind A Fence
It is more important that that foliage (posh term for leaves) receives the sunlight than the roots. So if the canopy of your ornamental tree can sunbathe but the bottom of your tree thinks there has been a nuclear winter then that is ok. You might want to ensure you have good drainage as water and no sun is the start of algae and other such issues.
Early Autumn Leaf Fall
Heat stress, being potted, lack of water, being boxed up for a few days etc can cause early Autumn leaf fall. Once planted, normal service will resume next season.
Do I Need To Stake My Ornamental Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
UK Grown Ornamental TreesClimate Change
All our trees are banned from overseas travel so that we can state they are all UK grown. We have removed Internet access from the nursery so they cannot book any flights.
Warm and wet conditions from Climate Change have increased aesthetic foliage issues such as Powdery Mildew, Shothole, Rust etc These are not terminal issues and will usually last a season. All trees are inspected before being sent out to ensure they are fundamentally healthy. Planting In The Corner Of A GardenAir and light is reduced in this location which could promote fungus and bacterial issues. If the corner is of the house and a fence then you also have leeching issues to contend with from cement and wood preservatives. Also when it rains, that area would experience higher water levels so we advise against it unless the plant is very hardy.