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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
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
'Amber' is a small evergreen shrub or tree with glossy dark green, smooth-edged leaves and small white flowers followed by deep yellow berries
Toxicity Berries may cause mild stomach upset if ingested. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect East-facing or South-facing or North-facing or West-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained
SoilChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grows best in a well-drained soil in a sunny position but will also grow in partial shade
Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Pruning Pruning group 1
Pests Aphids, scale insects and holly leaf miner may be a problem
May be affected by holly leaf blight
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