Ilex aquifolium 'HARPUNE'

Ilex aquifolium
Ilex aquifolium 'HARPUNE'
common holly, English holly
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1-2m
USUAL WIDTH 1-2m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full sun to shade
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°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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We are specialists in evergreen plants and we offer the widest possible range of quality species. There is enormous number of holly species and varieties, amongst which we chose the most beautiful and at the same time hardy ones.

Harpune is another novelty among English hollies. It is a mutation of another variety called Alaska. The main difference is in the leaves which are not spiny along the margins, but only have a medium sharp tip. They are narrowly elliptic, mid to dark green and very glossy. Harpune is a female holly bearing vivid red berries in autumn and winter if a male pollinator is nearby. Recommended pollinators are: Myrtifolia, Blue Prince®, Casanova®.

It grows slowly and quite dense and may be pruned and shaped. In the spring, after danger of frost, prune it to encourage new growths, or you can shape it in mid summer.

Grow hollies in acidic, moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil. They like full sun or half shade, they can also live in full shade but will not be compact there. Cultivars with coloured leaves prefer partial shade in winter. Hollies have shallow, spreading roots so when planting it do not make a deep but wide hole. Provide extra watering in frost-free periods in winter to prevent from drying out before the ground gets frozen. Hardy to about -28°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 06-02-2009.
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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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