Holly - Ilex aquifolium


    Shrub or small tree to 10 metres. Leaves ovate with undulate spiny margins shiny dark green. Flowers white 6 to 7 mm in small lateral clusters, the male and female on separate plants. Berry bright red when ripe.

    Identification difficulty

    Woodland, scrub and hedgerows.

    When to see it

    April to June.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Fairly common throughout Britain except the extreme north.

    VC55 Status

    Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 366 of the 617 tetrads.

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