A dense evergreen holly native to parts of Europe and northern Africa where it can approach tree-like proportions up to 40’. That said, plants are tolerant of extreme pruning and can be maintained much smaller. As a result a long standing use has been for hedging and topiary. The deep green leaves are fun to look at yet tough to pet. They are beautifully glossy and edged with prominent spines. Female plants produce crops of attractive red fruit in autumn. Though numerous cultivars exist many are a bit tender for our region and require protection from excessive wind and winter sun. We’re playing around with a number of cultivars and hope to add diversity to our offerings as we figure out the best of the best.