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Variegated English Holly

Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata'

Popular selection with shiny, dark-green leaves edged with creamy-white margins. Pyramidal grower brightens winter gardens with showy red berries. Plant a male English holly nearby as a pollenizer for berry set.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationI-leks a-kwi-FO-li-um ar-JEN-te-o mar-jeh-NAH-tuh
Average Size at MaturityModerate grower to 15 to 20 ft. and taller, 8 to 12 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasRemember, for this female plant to produce luscious red berries, it needs a male pollinator. Ideal for holiday decorations, its creamy variegated leaf is a great accent that brightens the whole plant. Grow as an immense shrub or prune off the lower branches for a charming accent tree. Its pyramidal form is particularly beautiful as a specimen in snow country. Makes a great privacy screen and prickly enough to discourage intruders.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorVariegated
Growth HabitPyramidal
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBarrier, Border, Hedge, Privacy Screen, Woodland Garden, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureOrnamental Berries, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Grows well in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soils. Shelter from wind in hot, dry regions. Follow a regular schedule of deep waterings during the first growing season to establish n extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune annually to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-9

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