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.
These trees have a clear stem of 2metres with a head above that. The size and width of each head is relative to the girth and maturity of the tree.