About This Plant

Ilex × altaclerensis is a hybrid plant that results from the crossbreeding of two holly species: Ilex aquifolium (English holly) and Ilex perado (Azores holly). This hybrid holly is known for its glossy, dark green leaves with spiky margins and its red berries, which are characteristic of holly plants. It’s a popular ornamental shrub or small tree in gardens and landscapes, valued for its attractive foliage and berries. Depending on the specific cultivar, Ilex × altaclerensis can have variations in leaf shape, size, and growth habit, making it a versatile choice for landscaping purposes.

The Story

Leaf

The ‘Golden King’ Holly is adorned with glossy, variegated leaves that showcase a rich green hue with striking golden-yellow margins. The leathery leaves measure approximately 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) in length and possess a classic holly shape, featuring sharp, spiky points along the margins.

Produce

The ‘Golden King’ Holly produces vibrant red berries that contrast beautifully with its glossy, evergreen leaves. The berries typically measure around 0.25 inches (6 mm) in diameter and are arranged in small clusters along the stems. These ornamental fruits add a festive touch to the landscape, especially during the winter months.
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