The smooth, glossy green leaf and red fruit of Ilex aquifolium J C Van Tol
The smooth, glossy green leaf and red fruit of Ilex aquifolium J C Van Tol
The delicate white flower of Ilex aquifolium J C Van Tol
Feathered bush form trees of Ilex aquifolium J C Van Tol on the Barcham Trees nursery
Small Smooth leaved Common Holly from this batch

Ilex aquifolium J C Van Tol

Smooth leaved Common Holly

Estimated fully grown height 3-7m

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Product Details

Small specimens are feather bush forms, 1.8-2m tall and supplied in a 65L container.

Ilex aquifolium J C Van Tol is a smooth leaved cultivar of the popular European Holly, Ilex aquifolium.  It is a self-fertile, female clone that d won the RHS Award of Garden Merit in 2002.

This cultivar of Holly, as the name suggests, has glossy dark green leaves that are shiny and almost spineless.  The small, white flowers appear in spring, followed by berries in autumn.  Being self-pollinating, this cultivar will pollinate itself, producing a reliable and profuse display of red berries on purple stems each autumn.

Ilex aquifolium J C Van Tol is a small tree at maturity, producing a crown which has regular, pyramidal form.  Like all Hollies, this evergreen will tolerate some shade and prefers to be planted in well-drained soil.

J C Van Tol is considered by Barcham to be one of the best green leaved bush Hollies available; we grow them as a feathered, small specimen to make the most of their pretty foliage, vigorous growth and profuse berry display.  It is perfect for small gardens, where it can be used for low screening, or planted as a specimen in a border for year round interest.

Mature Height: 3-7m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Garden, Parkland,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Screening from ground level,
Looks good in
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree

Planting Video

Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

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Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

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