• Ilex aquifolium 'J C van Tol' - young leaves in spring

Ilex aquifolium 'J C van Tol'


(English Holly) Ilex aquifolium 'J C van Tol' is a smooth leaved form of our common holly with lustrous green leaves and masses of bright red berries in late autumn and winter.

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A smooth leaved form of our common holly, Ilex aquifolium 'J C van Tol' has lustrous green leaves and masses of bright red berries in late autumn and winter. The holly of choice for gardeners who would like to see large numbers of berries but dislike the variegated leaves found on other cultivars listed here.

As well as making an attractive specimen shrub in its own right, Ilex aquifolium 'J C van Tol' also can be used to create a colourful and unusual hedge.

  • Position: Full sun or partial shade.
  • Soil: Fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Flowering Period: May - June.
  • Flower Colour: White
  • Rate of Growth: Slow to moderate.
  • Habit: Large, densely branching shrub.
    • Height: 4 m (13 ft).
    • Spread: 3 m (10 ft).
  • Notes: Ilex aquifolium 'J C van Tol' is self-fertile, although it will produce more fruit with a male holly planted nearby.

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun, Partial or Dappled Shade
Mature Size
Shrub - Large (over 10 ft tall), Shrub - Medium (5 - 10 ft tall)
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy), Soil Type: Chalky / Alkaline, Soil Type: Acid, Special: Coastal Areas, Soil Type: Dry / Sandy
Special Features
Evergreen, Fruit - Ornamental, Screening/Hedge, Good for Wildlife (Birds)

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