Ilex Altaclerensis Camelliifolia, to give it its full botanical name, is an attractive evergreen shrub. Ilex Altaclerensis are known as the Highclere Hollies, Highclere being the Hampshire village where this species of Holly cross was first discovered. The Camelliifolia variety is a beautiful holly specimen with an attractive pyramidal growth habit, large glossy dark green leaves and a profusion of large blood-red berries. This hardy cultivar is a welcome addition to any garden.
The almost spineless, dark green leaves are borne on contrasting young purple shoots. The leaves are quite large and can be up to 12 centimetres long. In spring through to summer, Highclere holly Camelliifolia produces masses of small, white, inconspicuous blossoms followed by berries. The striking glossiness of the foliage is even more pronounced by the bright red fruit that persists on the stems throughout the winter.
Height and Spread of Ilex Altaclerensis Camelliifolia The Highclere Holly Camelliifolia is a large shrub. If left unchecked, this cultivar can grow to be higher than 12 metres, with a spread of 4 to 8 metres.
How Hardy is Ilex Altaclerensis Camelliifolia As a shrub that is native to the United Kingdom, Ilex Camelliifolia thrives in our climate. This evergreen shrub is fully hardy and can survive subzero temperatures.
How To Use Ilex Altaclerensis Camelliifolia Versatile and highly-decorative, Highclere holly Camelliifolia is an ideal candidate for a tall hedge or a privacy screen. The dense, glossy evergreen foliage is perfect if you want to hide your garden from unwanted curious looks, or need a windbreak with ornamental value.
If trimmed and shaped to look more like a small tree than a large shrub, this Holly hybrid can even be used as a specimen plant. It offers multiple seasons of interest and does not need pampering to thrive. Grow it on your lawn, near a patio, or in a mixed shrub border if you want to appreciate its year-round beauty.
Ilex Camelliifolia is exceptionally tough and it will adapt to most conditions. Maritime exposure is not an issue for this large evergreen shrub, so it is a good choice for coastal gardens. Additionally, as it is tolerant of pollution, Highclere Holly will fit in nicely in an urban city garden.
How To Care for Ilex Altaclerensis Camelliifolia Highclere holly Camelliifolia is surprisingly undemanding. Well-drained soil and a spot in full sun are all this striking shrub needs to flourish in your garden.