Ilex aquifolium 'TOSCANA'

Ilex aquifolium
Ilex aquifolium 'TOSCANA'
spineless holly
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1.5-3.5m
USUAL WIDTH 1-2m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
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Toscana is a new selection of evergreen, spineless holly from Italy from early 2000’s. It has medium-sized (about 3-5 cm long), rich emerald green, glossy leaves that lack almost any spines, only the tip is a bit sharp-ish. Toscana is a female variety that produces small amount of fruit – red berries - in autumn. The most similar varieties are Camelliifolia which has larger leaves that emerge deep purple violet, and Pyramidals whose leaves are longer and narrower and more attached to the branches.

The shrub grows upright forming a dense bush. It can be pruned in the spring after danger of all frosts. Pruning is necessary if your soil is poor and the plant tends to lose leaves on older branches. Cutting last year’s growths will encourage production of new leaves on bare branches, and should be followed by good fertilizing.

Grow hollies in moist but well-drained, light and fertile soil. They can take periods of drought once established. Hollies do best in full sun but can also grow in shade but may lose shape there. If you live in a region with extreme winters and long-lasting frosts we recommend growing it in a position sheltered from drying winds, and preferably shaded from winter sun. Before and during winter when the soil is not frozen provide good watering. Hardy to -24°C (USDA zone 6), it withstands occasional swings a little lower.

Last update 17-11-2011
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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