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Quercus ilex, size Instant, on our nursery
Quercus ilex, size Instant, on our nursery
The acorn produced by Quercus ilex
Quercus ilex topiary planted in a paved area
Mature Quercus ilex planted in parkland
Quercus ilex, size Medium, on our nursery
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Mature Quercus ilex at Kew Gardens
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Medium - feathered Holm Oak, Holly Oak, Evergreen Oak  from this batch
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Quercus ilex

Holm Oak, Holly Oak, Evergreen Oak

Estimated fully grown height 20m+

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Product Details

Small feathered are supplied 1.5-2m, Medium feathered are supplied 2-2.5m in 100L

Quercus Ilex is known by a number of names :- Holm oak, Holly oak and the Evergreen oak tree. In fact "Holm" is an old english word for Holly!

Quercus Ilex is a native of Mediterranean countries, but it has been grown in Britain since the 1500s. However Holm oak trees are now thought to be a native of Southern Ireland. It has dark green foliage with yellow catkins in spring producing acorns in autumn.

The timber is hard and long-lasting, used for joinery, vine-props and for charcoal. This oak tree won the Award of Garden Merit in 2002 and is surely one of the most majestic of evergreen trees grown in the UK.

If left to its own devices Quercus Ilex forms a large tree with a densely rounded habit, good examples of which can be seen opposite Holkham Hall on the North Norfolk coast.

It is perhaps surprisingly versatile, being suitable for coastal plantings, topiary and as stilted hedging. Holm Oak trees also tolerate shade and air pollution. Suitable for parks and gardens but thriving best on free draining soils.

Mature height: 20m+

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Coastal, Parkland,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Screening above the fence,
Looks good in
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree
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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.