Quercus ilex Screening Panel (Instant Privacy)


The Holm Oak (Quercus ilex) Screening Panel is thought to be one of the most magnificent trees in the British Isles. With glaucous leaves giving it an almost unique colour it clips well and is tolerant of all types of soil and coastal locations but it is best to avoid the coldest inland areas. It responds well to clipping and is tolerant of shade.

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Holm Oak (Quercus ilex) Screening Panel is also know as Evergreen Oak or Holly Oak. The evergreen grey green leaves change to a more dark green as they get older thus providing instant privacy in your Garden. It is a fast growing hedge plant which in ideal conditions will form a very dense aerial screen very quickly. If left to grow un-trimmed this will form a tree as majestic as the common Oak to which it is related, still offering a natural form of privacy screening in the Garden. It can exhibit a large variation in the shape, texture and size of its leaves and creates the perfect instant hedge style screening in any garden.

Holm Oak (Quercus ilex) Screening Panel is suitable for growing in all areas apart from the coldest inland areas and is also tolerant of shade. It prefers a well drained soil.

Holm Oak was introduced into Britain in the 16th Century and was given an Award of Garden merit by the Royal horticultural Society in 1984.

ASPECT Coast Exposed Coast Sheltered Inland Exposed Inland Sheltered Heavy Shade
HEIGHT Less then 1m 1-2.5m 2.5-5m Over 5m
SOIL Heavy Clay Medium Loam Light Sandy Peat Acid Alkaline Poorly Drained
TRIMMING Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
HARDINESS Hardy to -10°C Hardy to below -10°C GROWTH RATE 60cm per year