Small specimens of Ilex aquifolium on the Barcham Trees nursery
Small specimens of Ilex aquifolium on the Barcham Trees nursery
The foliage and red berries of Ilex aquifolium
The foliage and berries of Ilex aquifolium in detail
Small Common Holly, European Holly, English Holly from this batch

Ilex aquifolium

Common Holly, European Holly, English Holly

Estimated fully grown height 3-7m

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Product Details

Small specimens are 1.5-2m tall and supplied as feathered bushes.

Ilex aquifolium is a beautiful evergreen whose berries and leaves have been long used to produce attractive Christmas decorations.

The English Holly is a classic evergreen tree, producing leaves which are thick and waxy and have lobed, spiked margins.  The small flowers are white and borne in late spring, at which point they are pollinated by bees.  The bright red berries then follow on from this, developing throughout the summer time to mature in October and November, at which point they are quite bitter and thus tend to then remain upon the tree until after the first frost.  The frost softens and sweetens them, making fruits palatable to birds and small mammals.

Ilex aquifolium is native to Britain; it is a small tree at maturity which forms an attractive, pyramidal shape.  Like many evergreens the European Holly prefers well drained soils and will not thrive in soils which have a propensity for water holding. 

This small growing tree is perfect to bring winter colour into small gardens; it will also tolerate shade, making it a useful tree for planting under the canopies of already large, existing trees.

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.

Get a quote for delivery for your county here.

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.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.