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


Ilex aquifolium ‘Silver Queen’ is one of the best variegated hollies, its leaves being creamy white and green. As is the way with hollies ‘Silver Queen’ is a male holly and will produce no berries. It makes a very good hedge though and is also superb as a specimen tree.

2000 in stock

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25 + £3.56
50 + £3.36
100 + £3.16


Ilex ‘Silver Queen’ is a popular evergreen shrub that is often used for hedging purposes. This holly variety is known for its attractive foliage, which features glossy, variegated leaves with a silver margin. The scientific name for this plant is Ilex aquifolium ‘Silver Queen.’ Here are some key characteristics and considerations when it comes to using Ilex ‘Silver Queen’ for hedging:

  1. Appearance:
    • The ‘Silver Queen’ holly is prized for its ornamental value. The glossy, dark green leaves are adorned with a silver or creamy white margin, creating a striking and elegant look.
    • The shrub typically grows in a dense, bushy form, providing excellent coverage when used as a hedge.
  2. Size and Growth Rate:
    • Ilex ‘Silver Queen’ is a relatively slow-growing shrub, making it manageable for hedging purposes.
    • It can reach a moderate height and width, making it suitable for both formal and informal hedges.
  3. Site Requirements:
    • This holly variety thrives in well-drained soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. It prefers a location with partial to full sunlight.
  4. Pruning and Maintenance:
    • Regular pruning helps maintain the desired shape and size of the hedge. It is best to prune in late winter or early spring before the new growth starts.
  5. Year-round Interest:
    • One of the significant advantages of using Ilex ‘Silver Queen’ for hedging is its evergreen nature. The foliage remains vibrant and attractive throughout the year, providing a continuous backdrop to your garden or landscape.
  6. Versatility:
    • ‘Silver Queen’ holly is versatile and can be used in various garden styles. It can serve as a formal hedge, a boundary marker, or a background plant in mixed borders.

Please see our GUIDE TO PLANTING HEDGES for more info.

Additional information

Preferred Aspect



Full sun;Partial shade

Soil Type






Pruning Time

Late Spring;Early Summer

Ultimate Height

6 metres

Ultimate Spread

1.5 metres