About This Plant

Ilex aquifolium ‘Argentea Marginata,’ commonly known as Variegated English Holly, has bark that is generally smooth and greyish-brown, with subtle variations in texture as the tree matures. It is not particularly distinctive compared to some other tree species. As for the height, Variegated English Holly is a slow-growing evergreen shrub or small tree that typically reaches a height of about 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters), with a dense, pyramidal to columnar growth habit.

The Story

Leaf

The leaves of the Variegated English Holly, are glossy, evergreen, and distinguished by their unique variegation. Each leaf is leathery in texture and has a spiky margin, typical of holly leaves. The variegation is characterized by a prominent silvery or creamy-white margin that contrasts with the dark green central portion of the leaf and they are usually elliptical or ovate.

Produce

Female plants produce bright red berries, especially in the fall and winter, adding to the ornamental appeal. The berries are spherical and about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter. This cultivar is valued for its decorative foliage and festive berries, making it a popular choice for both ornamental and holiday landscaping.
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