Ilex aquifolium 'INGRAMII'

Ilex aquifolium
Ilex aquifolium 'INGRAMII'
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SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
 taller shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1-1.8m
USUAL WIDTH 1-1.8m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:green a white a pink
FLOWERS
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°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
Hedging plants
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English hollies are among the most common evergreen and native plants of milder parts of Europe with high humidity – British Isles, north France, Benelux countries, and milder parts of north Germany. Various species form trees, shrubs or thickets. They are absent from natural Central European landscape but can be cultivated without problems. They are renowned for glossy, often prickly leaves, and multiple variegated forms have been selected for garden cultivation.

Ingramii
is a male English holly variety whose origin I did not manage to find. There are notes about its existence yet before 2000 but it appears to be commercially attractive only from about 2015 or so. It makes heavily toothed, mid-sized leaves or deep green colour with rich silver-white marbling and variegation, especially of young leaves. They emerge with striking pink shades that turn burgundy red, and later mature to green and white.

The stems are deep burgundy red and annual growth is between 15 and 25 cm. As every variegated plant, Ingramii holly, too, often produces branches with reversed foliage – original green leaves of larger size. Such growths must be removed as soon as possible since these branches are more vigorous, and within a few years might take over leaving only a few variegated leaves at the bottom.

Hollies can be trimmed or clipped in mid-summer. Pruning that will encourage new growths is advised early in the spring (after the frosts). They need fertile, acidic, moist but well-drained soil. Most of them are very hardy do not suffer from sunscorch in winter so you can place them in both full sun and part shade. In shaded locations they become somewhat irregular and leggy. Hardy to about -27°C (USDA zone 5b).

Last update 29-01-2020
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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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