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Ilex aquifolium Tree

Common Holly Tree
  • £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Ilex aquifolium is the UK’s native Holly and thus known as Common Holly. It has easily recognisable glossy dark green leaves that are undulated and spiky. On the underside the leaves are a paler green. It is also known for it’s bright red berries, which more than make up for the insignificant white flowers that precede them.

Holly is a great choice for the garden as it is evergreen and encourages birds that hide among the branches and enjoy eating the berries.

Sprigs of this variety of Holly are used as traditional Christmas decorations. We also offer some cultivated varieties of Holly with variegated foliage.

Ilex aquifolium can accommodate a range of conditions, being suitable for all soil types and able to cope with some shade or exposure to the elements. Expect a height and width of around 7m by 4m in 20 years. Whilst Ilex aquifolium can be grown as a tree or bush, we're delighted to offer this holly in a lovely feathered tree shape.

AKA Common Holly, English Holly, Christmas Holly

  • Common name: Common Holly
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 7m x 4m
  • Season of interest: Year round
  • Foliage: Glossy dark green leaves
  • Soil: Tolerant of most soil types
  • Native to the UK

Planting Ilex aquifolium Trees

Our pot grown Common 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 Common 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 Trees

If you’re planting pot grown 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 Trees

Native 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 Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more advice, please contact us.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

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

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

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo 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 branch), which supports a branched crown. Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

The table below gives sizes and forms available for this variety, along with photos you can enlarge (these are only a guideline as all plants are unique so vary).

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Ilex aquifolium Form: Feathered Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot Ilex aquifolium Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Feathered 150-200cm 12L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)
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