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Quercus ilex Tree

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This evergreen oak tree is a wonderful addition to the garden where screening or year-round interest is required. The dark-green, glossy foliage is similar to that of a holly tree, hence the common name Holly Oak (or Holm Oak). The spiny, evergreen leaves provide a brilliant plain foil for other plants.

Young green autumn acorns adorn Quercus ilex and mature to a dark-red before falling. The acorns are popular with wildlife such as squirrels, whilst the spring catkins are visited by bees and the evergreen canopy provides shelter to birds.

Eventually growing into a large, rounded tree, this variety of Oak will reach 10 x 6 metres in 20 years. Quercus ilex will tolerate exposed coastal or inland positions and as it is also tolerant of salt-spray, it is ideal for using as an evergreen windbreak in coastal gardens. It is happy in both full sun and dappled shade and in all but very wet soils. This tree is extremely useful and tough.

AKA Evergreen oak, Holly oak, Holly-leaved oak, Holm oak

  • Common name: Evergreen oak tree
  • Latin name: Quercus ilex
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 10 x 6 metres
  • Season of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Spiny, dark-green, evergreen leaves becoming smooth as tree matures
  • Soil: Tolerant of most soil types if moist but well-drained (avoid wet sites)
  • Position: Full sun or part shade. Evergreen Oak is great for coastal positions
  • Naturalised in the UK

Planting Advice for Quercus ilex Trees

Our pot grown Evergreen Oak trees can be planted at any time of the year. Prepare the planting site by removing 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 your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil.

Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% 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 tree staking kit and if your area is prone to rabbits, a rabbit guard. For further information visit the advice section.

Aftercare Advice for Quercus ilex Trees

If you’re planting in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. We stock a range of irrigation kits to help. Make sure to keep an eye on young Evergreen Oak trees 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.

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

Pruning Advice for Quercus ilex Trees

Evergreen Oak trees develop a well-balanced canopy with little help from us. Established oaks only require tidying up, by removing any crossing or damaged branches.

You can encourage young oak trees to form a clear trunk by pruning the lower branches. This will help to raise the canopy and improve the overall look of the tree.

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
Quercus ilex Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Supplied Size: 120-150cm Root type: 10L pot Quercus ilex Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Pruned & Shaped Tree 120-150cm 10L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Quercus ilex Form: Standard Tree, 6-8cm girth Supplied Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 20L pot Quercus ilex Price £189.99 (ex VAT)
Standard Tree, 6-8cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 20L pot £189.99 (ex VAT)
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Quercus ilex Form: Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth Supplied Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 45L pot Quercus ilex Price £239.99 (ex VAT)
Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 45L pot £239.99 (ex VAT)
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Quercus ilex Form: Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.0-3.5m Root type: 45L pot Quercus ilex Price £259.99 (ex VAT)
Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth approx 3.0-3.5m 45L pot £259.99 (ex VAT)
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Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)
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