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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
box-leaved holly Japanese holly
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
I. crenata is a slow-growing, evergreen shrub or small tree, to 6m tall, with glossy, sometimes spiny, wavy-toothed, tiny leaves to 3cm long and nearly 2cm wide. Small white flowers, borne in summer, are followed by black fruits
Toxicity Berries may cause mild stomach upset if ingested
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilLoam, Clay, Sand, Chalk
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Easy to grow in a well-drained soil in a sunny position or part shade. Excellent as a dwarf hedge
Propagate by seed or by semi-hardwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Garden Edging Hedging & Screens
City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden
Pruning Pruning group 8
Pests Aphids, scale insects and holly leaf miner may be a problem
May be affected by holly leaf blight
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