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Wil-Chris Holly*

Ilex aquifolium 'Wil-Chris'

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Wil-Chris Holly (Ilex aquifolium 'Wil-Chris') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Wil-Chris Holly foliage

Wil-Chris Holly foliage

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Wil-Chris Holly (Ilex aquifolium 'Wil-Chris') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Wil-Chris Holly

Wil-Chris Holly

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

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

Height:  25 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6

Description:

A stunning male variety of holly with extreme cream variegation on the spiny leaves, especially around the edges of the plant, makes a commanding accent plant or hedge; doesn't produce berries

Ornamental Features

Wil-Chris Holly has attractive creamy white-variegated dark green foliage. The spiny narrow leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Wil-Chris Holly is an evergreen tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. 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 tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Wil-Chris Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Wil-Chris Holly will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree 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
Accent  Massing  Screening  Naturalizing 
Applications
Foliage Color  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features