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Ilex aquifolium 'Alaska'

Ilex aquifolium 'Alaska'
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Price:  £6.50
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Useful for:  Hedging or Screening
Planting Style:  low maintenance
Season of Interest:  All year round
Position/ Situation:  Sunny Border
Sun or Shade:  Sun to Part Shade
Flower Colour:  White
Leaf Colour:  Green
Height:  large (up to 12 feet)
Habit/Shape:  Bushy
Evergreen:  Yes
Soil Type:  Normal, well-drained but moisture retentive
Soil PH:  No preference
Hardiness/minimum temperature:  Hardy
Bee and Butterfly:  Both
Rabbit & Deer Resistance:  Deer & Rabbit Resistant Plants
Resistance to Honey Fungus:  Susceptible to Honey Fungus


This is a more narrow variety, useful if you want the height without as much width as other hollies. The plain green leaves are very spiny so a good barrier.  Also known for its extreme cold tolerance. It is a self-fertile female so will bear berries alone but more so if there is a male Holly nearby.


Hollies are so great for wildlife providing shelter for birds year round, nectar for pollinating insects and berries in winter for the birds to feast on. Female varieties are the ones which bear the berries providing there is male Holly nearby so generally you will need both. Some varieties are self fertile such as Ilex JC Van Tol.

Hollies will grow in most soil types they just don't like sitting in waterlogged soil. They will grow in sun or part shade although variegated ones do best in full sun. They can have a tendency to revert to plain green if they get too much shade. Hollies are slow growing putting on around 10-20cm a year which makes them easy to keep under control. They don't really require much pruning at all just trim back to the desired size when required. Just bear in mind cutting female varieties hard back will probably mean you will miss the berries that year as the pollinated flowers will have been removed.

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Unless otherwise indicated our plants are supplied in the following pot sizes according to category (Dimensions refer to either the pot diameter (cm) or volume (litre);

  • Exotics/Conservatory & House Plants, Succulents: 9cm or 1 litre
  • Hardy Perennials, Ferns and Grasses: 1 litre (approx 12cm diameter)
  • Herbs: 9cm
  • Hardy Shrubs and Climbers: 2 or 3 litre (occasionally 1.5 litre)
  • Potted Bulbs: variable- please see "Size/Qty" on product information page 
  • Dormant Bulbs, Tubers and Bare-root perennials come either bagged or wrapped without a pot

The exact size of plants will vary with the growing season and may be cut back in accordance with normal pruning regimes or to fit in the box if they are excessively tall


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