• 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 × altaclerensis 'Hodginsii' (m)

holly 'Hodginsii'

holly 'Hodginsii'

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  • Other common names holly 'Hodginsii'

  • 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

  • Family Aquifoliaceae / Aquifoliaceae

  • Details 'Hodginsii' is a vigorous medium-sized conical evergreen tree with purple young shoots. Leaves ovate, dark glossy green, mostly unspined. Flowers small, dull white, male

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity Berries may cause mild stomach upset if ingested

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

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

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    Higher than 12 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    wider than 8 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    20-50 years

How to grow

Cultivation Easy to grow in a well-drained soil in a sunny position

Propagation Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Architectural

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Aphids, scale insects and holly leaf miner may be a problem

Diseases May be affected by holly leaf blight

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