• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata Pendula' (f/v)

Perry's weeping silver

Perry's weeping silver

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  • Other common names Perry's weeping silver

  • Synonyms Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Pendula'
    Ilex aquifolium 'Perry's Weeping'

  • Family Aquifoliaceae

  • Genus Ilex can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs and trees with often spiny leaves, small white flowers (male and female usually on separate plants) and, on female plants, showy berries in autumn

  • Details 'Argentea Marginata Pendula' is a small tree, up to 4m high, with drooping branches and which will eventually form a small dome, pyramid or mushroom shape. Spiny leaves, purple when young, are dark green with a broad creamy edge and up to 8cm long. White flowers in spring or early summer are followed by bright red berries in autumn and winter

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Pendulous/Weeping

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H6

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing or North-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed

Soil

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Clay

    Clay

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand, Chalk, Clay

  • pHNeutral, Acid, Alkaline

Size

  • Ultimate height 2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread 2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in any well-drained soil in sun or partial shade (hollies will grow even in full shade, but variegated forms will do better in sun or partial shade); train the leading shoot up so that the plant forms a dome. This species is one of the food plants of the holly blue butterfly, and holly berries are an important winter food for many birds

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings or by layering

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Architectural Wildlife Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden City & Courtyard Gardens

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1 or pruning group 8; cut out any growth which is not variegated

Pests May be affected by cushion scale and holly leaf miner

Diseases May be affected by holly leaf blight, honey fungus, Phytophthora root rot, and by a fungal leaf spot (for more advice, see leaf damage on woody plants)

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