Holly | Ilex

Holly, a member of the Aquifoliaceae family, grows in the tropics as well as in temperate regions. These mostly evergreen shrubs or small trees have very decorative leaves that can be uniformly green or variegated with white or yellow, with smooth or spiny margins. The small, white, delicately scented flowers are followed by red or black poisonous berries. The compact, slow-growing varieties Ilex Crenata and Ilex x meservaeare ideally suited for growing in containers. They tolerate dry conditions and frost. Nevertheless, do not forget to water them. They thrive in sunny and partially shaded positions and lime-free, well-drained soil, rich in humus.

If necessary, the plants can be cut back in summer to maintain the desired shape. They can be propagated from semi-ripe cuttings in late summer and from ripe wood in autumn and winter. The root balls must be protected against frost.

23. August 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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