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.
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 sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.
More information about this tree is available here.