‘Golden King’ Holly

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.

The Appearance

A medium-sized evergreen shrub with a dense, rounded crown and glossy, green and yellow variegated leaves. It produces small, white flowers and red berries.


The Produce

The berries typically measure around 0.25 inches (6 mm) in diameter and are arranged in small clusters along the stems.


The Flowers

Produces small, white flowers in spring, followed by bright red berries in autumn.


The Leaves

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.


The Bark

The bark is smooth and gray, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The berries are eaten by birds.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental variegated foliage and berries. Often planted in gardens and parks.


Fun Facts

‘Golden King’ Holly is prized for its striking variegated leaves, which add year-round interest to gardens.

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