Holm Oak, Quercus ilex, also known as Holly Oak, is a lush evergreen tree will grow in any well drained soil and is equally happy growing right by the sea or in the middle of a city. The dark-green mature leaves look a little like young holly leaves, although they are grey on the undersides. In spring, the young leaves are silvery-grey all over and this display is followed by golden brown catkins in early summer. It is a hardy tree, but it tends to drop its leaves in harsh winters in the North and Scotland. This is normal and doesn't damage the tree, although it may be bare until late the following spring. For this reason, we like to recommend Portugal Laurel instead for colder regions. Holm oak is quite fast growing in sunny locations and shade tolerant. Holm Oak is an excellent hedging plant and makes a good subject for topiary. It will reach 20-25 metres if it grows freely as a tree.
See our selection of coastal hedging or view our full range of hedging plants.
Holm Oak hedge plants are only delivered pot-grown, year round and are graded by their height above the copmpost (the pots aren't measured).
Spacing a Holm Oak hedge: Plant Holm Oak hedging at 2 plants per metre, 50cms apart.
History & uses of Quercus ilex: Holm Oak is a Mediterranean tree and its range also extends eastwards as far as Pakistan. It was been introduced to Northern Europe in the 1500's and it is naturalised in parts of Ireland's & England's Southern coasts. Holm oak timber is both hard and strong; in the past it was prized for heavy duty uses like carts and roof beams.