Holly is a small, distinctive, easy to grow tree that suits any sized garden. It has tough, glossy, dark green, spiny leaves. Female trees have clusters of scarlet red berries that ripen from October onwards and often stay on the bush throughout the winter, giving a splash of colour during the winter months.
Estimate full grown height: 15 metres, but its height can be controlled by pruning. Holly trees grow an estimated 10-15cm each year.
Purchase size and growth: These trees are cell-grown saplings, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Cell grown trees can be planted all year round in most situations as long as they are given the correct care. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly.
Value to wildlife: Holly provides birds, such as mistle thrush, with food and shelter from winter storms and predators. It is also one of the main food plants for the holly blue butterfly caterpillar. Its deep, dry leaf litter beneath the tree may be used by toads, hedgehogs and small mammals for hibernation.
Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Tolerates most soils and situations including deep shade.
UK and Ireland Sourced and Grown (UKISG): Every sapling that we provide is UK and Ireland sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK and Ireland, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.
More information about this tree is available here.