• 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 'Myrtifolia Aurea Maculata' (m/v)

holly 'Myrtifolia Aurea Maculata'

holly 'Myrtifolia Aurea Maculata'

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  • Other common names holly 'Myrtifolia Aurea Maculata'

  • Synonyms Ilex aquifolium 'Myrtifolia Aureovariegata'

  • 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 'Myrtifolia Aurea Maculata' is a compact large evergreen shrub with purple young stems. Leaves small, ovate, with short, regular spines and a deep yellow central blotch. Flowers small, dull white in spring or early summer


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity



  • Full Sun

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

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Easy to grow in a well-drained soil in full sun

Propagation Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

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

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

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

Diseases May be subject to holly leaf blight

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