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Holly 'Silver Queen'

Ilex aquifolium 'Silver Queen'

Also known as


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Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








25 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Holly 'Silver Queen' Overview

Ilex aquifolium 'Silver Queen' is a bit of a misnomer, this very female sounding cultivar is actually a male plant! It has a bushy habit that forms a large evergreen shrub or small tree. Young growth is purple-tinged and young leaves may have a pink hue, leaves are spiny and develop dark green colouration with age, they are widely edged in cream colouring. In summer, small dull white flowers appear. No fruits will form on this plant as these are only produced on female plants. This cultivar has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit. It is also part of the RHS “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Holly 'Silver Queen'

How to propagate Holly 'Silver Queen'


You can propagate by seeds in the spring.


Semi-ripe cuttings from late summer to early winter.

Special features of Holly 'Silver Queen'

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Holly 'Silver Queen'

Hedging Year-round interest. Suitable for coastal conditions.