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Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata' Tree

Silver Variegated Holly Trees
  • From £55 (inc VAT)

A lovely small-growing tree or large shrub, ‘Argentea Marginata’ boasts dark-green, spiky foliage with a creamy margin. Red berries are produced in the autumn and decorate Argentea Marginata long into the winter. This female variety will grow to 4 x 3 metres in 20 years as a free standing tree and can also be used for hedging.

Ideal for screening purposes or to use as a windbreak, ‘Argentea Marginata’ will do well in any well-drained soil in sun or part shade. Tolerant of exposure and coastal positions, Ilex aquifolium Argentea Marginata is a very lovely holly, perfect for brightening up a dark corner and winter interest.

AKA Silver variegated holly tree, Ilex Aquifolium Argentea Marginata

  • Common name: Silver Variegated Holly tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Gender: Female variety
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 4 x 3 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Year-round, dark-green spiky foliage with creamy margins
  • Soil: Tolerant of most soil types

Planting Ilex aquifolium Argentea Marginata Trees

Our pot grown Silver Variegated Holly trees can be planted at any time of the year. Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide.

To help Silver Variegated Holly trees establish more effectively, especially if you have poor soil, we advise applying root grow by sprinkling in the hole. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. If your soil is poor, mix 50% of the original soil with 50% high quality compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree.

We recommend using a stake and tie kit and, if your area is prone to rabbits, a rabbit guard too. For further information, visit the help and advice section.

Aftercare Advice for Ilex aquifolium Argentea Marginata Trees

If you’re planting pot grown Silver Variegated Holly in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons.

Pruning Advice for Ilex aquifolium Argentea Marginata Trees

Silver Variegated Holly trees do not require a lot of pruning. Simply remove any dead, diseased or awkwardly placed branches from your Ilex tree as and when you see them.

Delivery Costs

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Delivery Times

Next Day Despatch
We will always try to get your plants to you as quickly as possible.  For many of our trees and plants, if you order today we will despatch your order within 24 hours.  We are constantly adding to our range of next day plants, and we do not add a surcharge for this service. Click here to see our next day delivery plants.

Standard Delivery
We have one of the widest range of trees in the UK, and for those plants which we cannot despatch next day we will normally despatch within 4 weeks. The despatch time for different products will be confirmed when products are added to your shopping basket

We will only want to deliver your orders when they are perfect for planting! Depending on the season and how well the plants are growing, we will give our best estimates of the despatch dates for pre-orders.  These dates may vary and by species and while we will always try to deliver within these timeframes if the expected despatch does change then we will notify you by email.

Special Orders
Orders containing pleached or mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) are delivered within 3 weeks. They require specialist delivery and are grouped geographically. Any customers ordering pleached or mature trees will be contacted and notified of their delivery date.

If your trees are required by a specific date, please let us know as soon as possible; while we can’t offer any guarantees we will always do our best to accommodate you. You can leave instructions in the notes field on the Delivery Page of the Checkout or send us an email at [email protected].

Please note that orders are shipped once all the trees in the order are ready.

Collections are by appointment only at our West Yorkshire-based nursery. If you would like to place an order for collection, please get in touch before placing your order. You will not be charged a delivery cost for a collection and any delivery cost that has been applied will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem tree: Classic tree with one trunk, pruned for a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted tree: A height next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Ideal for small spaces.

Feathered tree: Branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem tree: Two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that give the appearance of a bushy multi stem tree.

Climber: Naturally climbing plant. Usually delivered running up a cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.


Plant Specification Form Size Root type Price Quantity Qty
Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata' Form: bush Size: 50-70cm Root type: 10L pot* Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata' Price £55 (inc VAT)
bush 50-70cm 10L pot* £55 (inc VAT)
Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata' Form: Tree Top grafted at 60cm Size: 80-110cm Root type: 7.5L pot* Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata' Price £65 (inc VAT)
Tree Top grafted at 60cm 80-110cm 7.5L pot* £65 (inc VAT)
Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata' Form: Single stem tree Size: 120-150cm Root type: 7.5L pot* Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata' Price £65 (inc VAT)
Single stem tree 120-150cm 7.5L pot* £65 (inc VAT)
Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata' Form: Single stem tree Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot* Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata' Price £85 (inc VAT)
Single stem tree 150-200cm 10L pot* £85 (inc VAT)
Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata' Form: Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 28L pot* Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata' Price £255 (inc VAT)
Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 28L pot* £255 (inc VAT)
Ready by: 31st Aug 2024
Ready by: 31st Aug 2024
Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata' Form: Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 45L pot* Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata' Price £365 (inc VAT)
Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 45L pot* £365 (inc VAT)
Total: £0 (VAT Free)