English Holly Hedging – Ilex Aquifolium


English Holly Hedging, scientifically known as Ilex Aquifolium, is a popular hedging choice in the UK and beyond, recognized for its distinctive characteristics and versatility.

English Holly Hedging, scientifically known as Ilex Aquifolium, is a popular hedging choice in the UK and beyond, recognized for its distinctive characteristics and versatility. Here’s a detailed look into why it makes a superb choice for hedges:

Aesthetically Pleasing
English Holly offers vibrant green leaves and radiant red berries, providing year-round interest. Its spiny leaves and dense growth habit make it ideal for formal hedges, creating a visually appealing boundary or screen.

Well-suited to the UK Climate
Adapted to the varying climate conditions of the UK, English Holly thrives in both full sun and partial shade. It can endure cold winters, making it a reliable choice in various parts of the country.

Comparison to Other Hedging Options
Compared to other hedging plants, English Holly offers a unique blend of aesthetics and functionality. Its dense, evergreen foliage provides privacy, while the striking appearance ensures that it stands out among other hedging options. The slow growth rate makes it manageable to maintain the desired height and shape.

Wildlife Attraction
Serving as a food source and shelter for birds and other wildlife, English Holly contributes positively to the local ecosystem, something that many alternative hedging options may not offer.

Care and Requirements
English Holly requires well-drained soil and benefits from regular pruning to maintain its shape. While tolerant of different soil types, it prefers slightly acidic to neutral soil. The plant’s spiny leaves can make trimming a bit challenging, so proper care and the use of appropriate tools are essential.

English Holly Hedging is a remarkable choice for those seeking an elegant, wildlife-friendly, and resilient hedging plant that can endure the UK’s climate variations. Its unique features make it stand out among other hedging options, and with proper care, it can be a stunning addition to gardens and landscapes. Whether you’re aiming for privacy, aesthetics, or ecological benefits, Ilex Aquifolium fulfills all these requirements with grace and beauty.


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Root Type

Pot Grown, Rootball, Bare Root


15-30cm, 30-50cm, 50-70cm, 70-90cm, 90-110cm, 110-130cm, 130-150cm, 150-170cm, 170-200cm, 200-230cm, 230-250cm, 250-270cm, 270-300cm, 300-350cm, 350-400cm, 400-450cm, 450-500cm, 500-600cm, 600-700cm, 10-20cm, 20-30cm, 30-40cm, 40-50cm, 50-60cm, 60-70cm, 70-80cm, 80-90cm, 90-100cm, 100-110cm, 110-120cm, 120-130cm, 130-140cm, 140-150cm

Stem Girth

4-6cm, 6-8cm, 8-10cm, 10-12cm, 12-14cm, 14-16cm, 16-18cm, 18-20cm, 20-22cm, 22-24cm, 24-26cm, 26-28cm, 28-30cm, 30-35cm, 35-40cm, 40-45cm, 45-50cm, 50-60cm, 60-70cm, N/A

Foliage Type




Water Requirement

Moderate Watering

Growth Height

Tall Growing

Growth Speed

Moderate Growth

Costal Growing












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