Ilex aquifolium 'AMBER'

Ilex aquifolium
Ilex aquifolium 'AMBER'
spineless holly - female
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full to partial sun
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
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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This special holly was brought by Hillier Nurseries, UK, before 1955. Still, known mainly by horticulturists it was not recognized by general public and that was a pity because this plant has something new to offer. Luckily, it appears that with a new millennium this elegant variety is reborn since more and more nurseries started growing it again and we can enjoy its unique features.

Amber holly is an evergreen shrub or a small tree valued for its apricot-orange to coral-orange berries in autumn in winter. They are quite large and glossy and in order to be born in profusion this plant needs a male pollinator nearby. The fruit looks rather exquisite mainly thanks to the background of deep green, glossy foliage. Majority of leaves are almost spineless or have only a few odd thorns.

It grows moderately into a compact shrub or a small standard with a compact crown. Its natural shape is widely pyramidal, and can be pruned or trimmed to shapes. Any cutting should be done from early spring to early summer. You will do no harm by cutting off a few branches for Christmas decorations.

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. This variety proved very hardy even in full sun in winter. However, if you live in a region with cold winters and long-lasting frost we recommend growing it in 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 21-01-2012

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