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Ilex aquifolium , Holly, European Holly

Ilex aquifolium

Holly, European Holly
Family: Aquifoliaceae
Can be used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersOrnamental foliageThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Holly is a very popular ornamental tree. Dozens of cultivars have been selected, including plants with variegated, yellow, contorted, thornless, or exceptionally thorny leaves. Plants are either male or female. Female clones are particularly popular, with the shoots with berries being used as a traditional Christmas decoration.

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