Last updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 09:05 pm
Holly is a shrub that grows spontaneously in most regions and that everyone knows for its prickly foliage.
In summary, what you need to know:
Name : Ilex
Height: 2 to 5 m
Exposition : Sun and half-shade
Soil : Ordinary
Holly is found in all regions because it is able to adapt to all types of climates. It tolerates all types of soil and is resistant to most weather conditions.
It is preferable to plant in the fall to encourage rooting, but you can plant until spring, avoiding periods of frost.
If you plant in spring, plan to water more regularly the first year after planting.
Holly Herb tolerates the sun but prefers the shade provided by trees in the woods and forests.
It likes a certain amount of moisture and coolness in the soil
Regular watering in spring and summer is important in the first year after planting.
Follow our planting tips.
If you wish to plant a holly in full sun, prefer varieties with variegated foliage.
Pruning of holly
No pruning is necessary for holly, especially since it grows relatively slowly.
You can nevertheless give it the shape you want without any problem.
The best time to prune holly is at the end of winter.
Do not prune in the fall or you will not enjoy its pretty red berries.
Use gloves because its prickles can hurt you.
Avoid putting holly in the compost because its leaves are very tough and will take a long time to compost.
To know about holly
Holly ilex shrub Very well known for its very prickly leaves, the holly is both original and decorative.
Bearing fruits of different colors depending on the species, it offers small berries in the fall that will remain on the shrub throughout the winter and will delight birds and blackbirds in particular.
It is this particularity that makes it a very decorative shrub during winter.
The red berries are borne by the female plants which need the presence of a male plant to be fertilized.
The berries of the holly are on the other hand toxic for the man.
The holly is a shrub, even a tree, of relatively slow growth.
Interesting varieties of holly
Ilex aquifolium: This is the common holly, the most frequently encountered. There are various colors of leaves and berries, ranging from yellow to red to orange.
Ilex altaclerensis : It is a very resistant variety of holly, relatively not very thorny and of rather fast growth. Its leaves are edged with yellow.
Ilex crenata : It is a thornless holly. It offers black berries and is perfectly suited for evergreen hedges.
Ilex latifolia : Its berries are a deep red and its leaves are interesting for their large size and their shiny side.
Holly at Christmas
Its foliage is evergreen and this is what makes it an excellent decorative foliage for Christmas!
Its shiny and leathery leaves are very decorative and resist the twisting and handling necessary for decoration.
The holly is also a sign of good luck when it is hung on the door in a wreath during the holidays.
This is how holly has become, over the years, a must for Christmas decorations.