Holm Oak (Quercus ilex) hedging is also know as Evergreen Oak or Holly Oak. The evergreen grey green leaves change to a more dark green as they get older. It is a fast growing plant which in ideal conditions will form a very dense hedge very quickly. If left to grow un-trimmed this will form a tree as majestic as the common Oak to which it is related. It can exhibit a large variation in the shape, texture and size of its leaves
Holm Oak (Quercus ilex) hedging 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|
|HARDINESS||Hardy to -10°C||Hardy to below -10°C||GROWTH RATE||30-50cm per year|