A large tree with attractive, corrugated bark and leathery evergreen leaves. It takes its name from Ilex which is the Latin name for holly. The leaves are glossy, dark green above and pale whitish-grey with dense short hairs below. Edible acorns in autumn. Slow growing and tolerant of regular pruning. Left to develop naturally, will eventually form a very large tree. Thrives in all well-drained soils. Fully Hardy. Grown as a standard with either a clipped tight cone head or looser in a more natural shape.