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Ilex aquifolium 'Flavescens' - canary-yellow variegated leaves
  • Ilex aquifolium 'Flavescens' - canary-yellow variegated leaves
  • Ilex aquifolium 'Flavescens' - mature plant

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Ilex aquifolium 'Flavescens'

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(Yellow-leaved English Holly) A striking holly, Ilex aquifolium 'Flavescens' grows to be a medium sized to large, pyramidal, evergreen shrub with dark green leaves suffused with vibrant canary-yellow and golden variegation.

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A striking holly, Ilex aquifolium 'Flavescens' grows to be a medium sized to large, pyramidal, evergreen shrub with dark green leaves suffused with vibrant canary-yellow and golden variegation. In this winter time the leaves can also be tinged plum purple after a frost although they revert back to their standard colour later in the year.

A superb standalone specimen shrub which can be grown in a large container if required or may also be planted in numbers to give colourful screening once established.


  • Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
  • Soil: Fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Flowering Period: May - June.
  • Rate of Growth: Slow to moderate.
  • Habit: Large shrub with a densely branching, cone-like habit once established.
    • Height: 4.5 m (15 ft).
    • Spread: 3 m (10 ft).
  • Notes: Ilex aquifolium 'Flavescens' is a female form, and requires a nearby male holly (such as Ilex 'Blue Prince' nearby to fruit well).
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How Much Sun
Full Sun, Light Shade
Eventual Size
Shrub - Large, Shrub - Medium
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Not Fussy, Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Alkaline, Special: Coastal Areas, Soil Type: Dry / Sandy
Special Features
Evergreen, Foliage - Gold/Yellow, Suitable for Containers, Screening/Hedge