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Pyramidal English Holly*

Ilex aquifolium 'Pyramidalis'

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Pyramidal English Holly (Ilex aquifolium 'Pyramidalis') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Pyramidal English Holly

Pyramidal English Holly

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  18 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6

Description:

This faster growing holly is shade tolerant; it retains a pyramidal form with some pruning; clusters of contrasting red berries glow against bright green foliage throughout winter; can be used as a standard tree

Ornamental Features

Pyramidal English Holly is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries in late fall. It has attractive light green foliage. The spiny pointy leaves are highly ornamental and remain light green throughout the winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Pyramidal English Holly is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Pyramidal English Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Topiary

Planting & Growing

Pyramidal English Holly will grow to be about 18 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Naturalizing  Topiary 
Applications
Fruit  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features