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Ilex aquifolium ‘Alaska’ (Holly) – 2L Pot – 40cm+


Ilex aquifolium ‘Alaska’ Holly is a compact holly which will bear bright red berries in the winter. Because of its dense, compact nature ‘Alaska’ makes a good hedge.

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Ilex aquifolium ‘Alaska,’ is a more hardy cultivar of the classic Common/English holly. This evergreen shrub is prized for its glossy, dark green, prickly leaves, ‘Alaska’ is a popular choice for hedging, offering a unique and elegant appearance that adds interest to the landscape. Here are key features and considerations for Ilex aquifolium ‘Alaska’ hedging:

1. Foliage:

  • Like other holly varieties, ‘Alaska’ has spiky leaves, which can act as a deterrent to unwanted intruders. This attribute enhances its effectiveness as a privacy or security hedge.

2. Growth Habit:

  • ‘Alaska’ has a dense and bushy growth habit, making it well-suited for hedging purposes. The shrub typically forms a compact and formal shape, providing a neat and polished look in the landscape.

3. Size and Pruning:

  • English holly, including the ‘Alaska’ cultivar, can reach various heights, typically ranging from 8 to 15 feet (2.4 to 4.5 meters) when mature. Regular pruning is recommended to maintain the desired height and shape, and the shrub responds well to trimming.

4. Evergreen Nature:

  • Ilex aquifolium ‘Alaska’ is an evergreen shrub, ensuring that the hedge retains its attractive appearance throughout the year. This feature is particularly valuable for those looking to maintain privacy or create a green backdrop in the garden during the winter months.

5. Berries:

  • Alaska is self pollinating. The berries typically appear in the fall and persist through winter, providing a food source for birds.

6. Tolerance to Shading:

  • English holly is known for its ability to tolerate some shade, although it thrives in partial to full sun. This adaptability makes it suitable for various garden settings and light conditions.

Please see our GUIDE TO PLANTING HEDGES for more info.

Additional information

Preferred Aspect



Full sun;Partial shade

Soil Type






Pruning Time

Late Winter;Early Spring

Ultimate Height

3 metres

Ultimate Spread

1.5 metres