Ilex aquifolium 'J.C. van Tol'

English holly (Self-fertile female)

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Buy Ilex aquifolium 'J.C. van Tol' English holly (Self-fertile female): A great tree holly with bright berries

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing
  • Flowering period: May and June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

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    This hardy native holly is unusual in that its glossy, dark green leaves are almost spineless. It is also self-fertile, and so does not need to be near a male holly to produce fruit. Instead, the bright red berries appear on dark purple stems in autumn and persist through the winter months, providing a rich source of food for birds. This holly makes a handsome evergreen specimen tree for a small garden with fertile, moist, well-drained soil.

  • Garden care: Plants grown as free-standing specimens require minimal pruning - remove diseased or misplaced branches in spring. Trim plants grown as formal hedges in late summer. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plant.

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Large red berries


The holy arrived in excellent condition and well packaged. It came with plenty of green berries that turned red quickly. Most of the berries were eaten by the birds, which was the whole point of the bush. Still looks to be doing well even after two coverings of snow and a couple of very cold nights. I've planted my holly in a container and when it warms up I will put it on the watering system as I did last year. Extremely pleased with the quality of this plant




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I good slow growing evergreen for shade


A good slow growing evergreen for a shady space.




Ilex aquifolium'J.C.van Tol'

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I want to plant this holly in the spot where a nandina domestica has been removed. It had only been planted a year ago and seemed to be suffering from a virus the uppermost leaves were brittle and curling and it had not put on any growth and none on the roots either despite regular watering last summer. What I need to know is if I plant this ilex in the same spot is it likely to succumb to the same virus. Should I not plant anything there or should I leave the ilex in a pot in that spot until next year


Hello, Viruses are usually spread by sap-sucking insects such as aphids and are usually systemic, so I would say that the chances would be slim for an ilex to be affected if planted in the same spot.


Does this ilex suffer from any common pests and diseases?


Hello, Like most plants, the young shoots may be attacked by aphids, leaf miners and scale insects.


Is this a standard tree


Hello there No this plant is supplied as an unclipped bush.

can i grow this in a container as i only have a 'concrete' garden?


Hello, These tend to do very well in large containers for several years if they are kept well fed and watered, however they do want to get pretty big eventually, so in time it may run out of steam if not planted out.


What size container does this need? I have potted it in a 27cm pot but I am concerned this isn't big enough. Should I repot straight away or wait til next spring?


Hello there It will probably be ok for a short time in this sized pot, but it isn't very large so it could get blown over easily and dry out quickly. I would plant it up into a larger container, something like a 35-40cm diameter pot. Hope this helps

When can a holly tree be transplanted


Hello, The best time to transplant them is when they are dormant - so any time between late autumn and late winter.


As you do not show the folliage could use please tell me if this is the silver or gold variety.


Hello there This holly has dark green glossy leaves that are almost spineless. Hope this helps.

Please could you let me know the size of this plant? I am hoping it will grow to be a screen to stop us looking directly into our neighbours kitchen window and am hoping for as tall a plant as possible. Thanks


Hello, This plant is currently sold in a 2 litre pot and it will be approximately 30cm tall, so it will take a few years to get large enough to create a decent screen. I hope this helps,


Holly Trees varieties? Dear Crocus Hope you all had a good Christmas, -after reading an article in the newspaper recently regarding holly trees we have decided to buy a couple, - it recommended a Ilex 'Golden King' and 'Silver Princess'. Is there something you supply that is similar with a combination of tree that would produce berries on the male plant? We do have a holly "bush" which has no berries so we would like to add some colour to the garden at this time of the year. We would rather buy our plants/trees etc from you as those we bought this year have been excellent. Best Wishes Gill

Gillian Brady

Hello Gill, We do sell the 'Golden King', and a self-fertile variety called 'J C van Tol' - just click on the following link to go straight to them:- It is only the female hollies that produce the berries, but the Golden King will need a male pollinating partner nearby to produce a good crop. If your existing holly has never produced any berries, then I suspect it may be a male, which would do the trick. All of them can be trained to form either a small tree or large shrub. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Plants to deter cats Hello, my tiny terrace garden was recently made over at some expense but my 2 beloved moggies have ruined the one flower bed by using it as a loo-I am about to spend yet more money on having it cleaned up but how do I deter the cats from ruining it again? They are outdoor cats and use the catflap and there is nowhere indoors to put a litter tray anyway. Friends suggested several centimetres of woodchips? on the soil would put them off but I would value your advice before I invest. Also, which perfumed lilies are poisonous to cats?-or are they all? I am not thinking of poisoning the 2 moggies but I would like some lilies in pots but not if they are going to harm the cats. Also, suggestions of perfumed climbing shrubs that will stand shade. Many thanks Sonia

Sonia Richardson

Hello There, There are a couple of ways you can deter cats from the garden. Firstly you can plant lots of things that have spines or thorns, thus making it awkward for them to dig in - here are some of my favourites. Pyracantha's are ideal - this is a prickly wall shrub that has small white flowers which become fabulous red berries in autumn. Berberis is another good choice: Chaenomeles: Ilex (holly): All of the above plants are evergreen (except Chaenomeles), so you will have year round interest. There are loads of cat deterrents on the market that work by scent or water. We have a few on our site. Other methods that you could try include sprinkling curry powder around the boundaries where they frequent, drying your used tea bags and then putting a few drops of eucalyptus oil on them before scattering in the garden. Orange peel when broken into small pieces and scattered around the borders works wonders and it's cheap as does grated, perfumed soap. As for the lilies, I think they are all quite toxic to cats, so they should be avoided. Finally, the best scented climbers for shade are the Loniceras - just click on the following link to go straight to them I hope this helps and good luck! Helen Plant Doctor

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