Holly Plants – Ilex aquifolium

Slow growing bushy Evergreen holly hedging plants. Plant in close proximity of each other in 3’s or more to ensure cross-pollination and berries.

12″ and 18″ hollys are in P9 pots – NOT Suitable for ACRES.

Root ball plants (RB) should be planted with the Hessian Net on the plant.

Additional information

Tree Sizes

12", 18", 1L Pot, 3-4ft RB, 3ft RB, 4-5ft RB, 4ft RB, 5-6ft RB

3.0040.00

Adam Richards
Adam Richards
2023-11-16
These guys are the best. Super prossesional & 100% personable. Caitriona & Robert helped me plan my hedging, offered advice and delivered swiftly. Thank you.
Gary Dully
Gary Dully
2023-11-11
Highly recommend. Beautiful healthy thriving tree and hedges delivered and no issues, very fast delivery and great to deal with. 10/10. Top marks.
Gareth Wills
Gareth Wills
2023-11-11
Excellent. Great quality and very helpful.
Matthew Kehoe
Matthew Kehoe
2023-11-07
Couldn’t recommend and rate Cullen Nurseries more highly! They supplied excellent specimen shrubs and looked after all planting at a very competitive rate, not to mention a very speedy turn around. A super family run Irish business! Thanks Caitriona & Rob. M
Evelyn Potts
Evelyn Potts
2023-10-28
Catriona and Rob were a pleasure to deal with. Very professional. Got lovely plants….delivered to the door…..extremely happy customer…..thank you.
Dave McGee
Dave McGee
2023-10-12
Very quick & lovely plants,great service
Jennifer Sharkey
Jennifer Sharkey
2023-09-28
So happy to have chosen Cullen Nurseries to supply, plant and fertilize our new Red Robin hedge. Great customer service from Caitriona and really pleased with the very professional job Rob & his colleague did planting them. Pics don't do them justice - this was the day they were planted - 61 x 2l Red Robins - really healthy looking plants. Delighted and looking forward to seeing them grow over the years. Thank you!
Mary Belton
Mary Belton
2023-09-28
Caitriona and Rob provided lovely strong trees and delivery was very smooth. I will be back to buy bare root hedging when available!
Ronan Doyle
Ronan Doyle
2023-09-18
Really helpful. Great selection.

Delivery Information

We deliver to Ireland and Northern Ireland. We aim to deliver your product ourselves but sometimes we use couriers to make sure get your order to you as quickly as we can.

Please keep in mind that we will be lifting your plants to order, so please be patient, it can take between 14 and 21 days to process orders and ship your plants. We want you to get your product as fresh as possible. Our plants are delivered in lined bags to protect them during transport.

We will contact you by phone a day or 2 before a planned delivery to arrange a time. Please make sure to include your phone number when ordering!

We offer free delivery on orders of €300 and over.

Cullen's Returns & Refunds

We make every effort to ensure you get your plants in the best possible condition. If there is is a problem with the condition of the plants on arrival please:

  • If possible note the damage on the delivery docket when your order arrives
  • Photograph any issues
  • Contact us ASAP and within 3 days of receiving your order, so we can arrange a replacement to be sent or for a refund to be issued.


We stand over the quality of our plants. Please be mindful of the fact that our plants are bare-root plants and will not look the same in Winter as they do in Spring and Summer.

Also, we cannot be responsible for inadequate aftercare of plants such as incorrect planting, weather conditions – drought or frost, wildlife damage, or improper maintenance.

If you are unsure of how to plant or care for your plants, please contact us and we will help.

Description

Properties of Holly (ilex aquifolium).

Holly is quickly becoming a stable plant for improving and encouraging wildlife habitats, and ecosystems and improving the biodiversity of an area. It is rapidly becoming an incredibly popular choice for those planting a mixed native hedge. A mixed native hedge usually comprises a large portion of Whitethorn Hedging, mixed in with Guelder RoseSpindle, and Hazel plants

Description & Features

Holly plants are a dense, tough, robust, evergreen, sturdy, slow growing hedging plant. The Leaves are dark green spiny in structure and pointed at the tip. The leaves of the plant turns darker in colour as the plant matures. It is native to Ireland and will do well in all areas including along the coast. It is commonly found in forests and woodlands where it thrives protected by other larger tree species.

The spiny dense nature of the Holly plant makes it the ideal deterrent against unwanted visitors. It is a slow growing plant, usually only growing about 4-6 inches in any given year. Once established, plants take a trimming well.

An attractive attribute of the Holly plant is it’s flowering and fruiting properties. Both male and female plants are required for cross-pollination. There is no major distinguishing feature to differentiate between male and female holly plants until the berries appear on the female plants. It is best to plant a few plants together to ensure cross-pollination. The berries are a dark red colour and are a very important food source for birds, insects mammals during the long Winter months.

A variety of Holly, called the JC Van Tol Holly is actually a self fertilising Holly, ensuring berries every year without the need for cross-pollination from other plants.

Benefits of hedging to Biodiversity & Ecosystems.

Planting a hedge of any type, especially holly hedges in the garden is a great way to encourage biodiversity and preserve ecosystems. A hedge in the garden provides shelter and security for nesting birds, caterpillars, aphids and other insects. These hedges also act as a network for small animals to move around the garden and populate. They are a wonderful food source for birds, insects and small mammals in the Winter months. They are becoming a very popular choice in Mixed native hedging due to their dense spiny structure which offer protection for smaller more vulnerable animals and birds and also their value as a food source in Winter months.

How & When to Plant Your Holly Plants.

It is slowing growing and it is important to keep the area clean and free from weeds. Annual maintenance including pruning and trimming of a holly hedge can be done once the plant has established. Pruning and trimming is usually done in the Spring before birds begin to build their nests again for the Summer months.

Here in Cullen Nurseries, we grow Holly plants as 4ft Root Balled plants, that are lifted from the ground in Winter months, wrapped in biodegradable Hessian nets, delivered to the end user and transplanted into the ground. PLANT WITH THE HESSIAN NETS ON AS THESE ARE BIODEGRADABLE.

  • Holly plants are usually planted as smaller potted plants, at a frequency of 4 plants per metre in a single row.
  • Keep the new hedge clear of long grass and weeds in the first few moths to promote growth and remove competition from weeds.
  • The plants should be watered if planted in late Spring and there is a period of drought in the proceeding months.
  • When planting It is best to dig a trench 8-9 inches deep, breaking up and aerating the soil.
  • Place the plants in the trench, covering the root system up to the collar of the plant. Shovel back in the soil and walk the plant in to anchor it in the ground.
  • For Root Ball plants, it is advisable to dig a trench about 18 inches wide and 12 inches deep to place the large root ball plant in. Back fill the soil and walk in the plant well to secure it from blowing around in the wind.

Type: Slow Growing
Soil: Well drained, will do well in any soil
Status: Hardy in cold weather,
Position: Sun or light shade
Flowering: Flowers in Summer and berries in Winter

You can view Drone Footage of where we grow our Holly in our Native Nursery here.

Additional information

Tree Sizes

12", 18", 1L Pot, 3-4ft RB, 3ft RB, 4-5ft RB, 4ft RB, 5-6ft RB

Properties of Holly (ilex aquifolium).

Holly is quickly becoming a stable plant for improving and encouraging wildlife habitats, and ecosystems and improving the biodiversity of an area. It is rapidly becoming an incredibly popular choice for those planting a mixed native hedge. A mixed native hedge usually comprises a large portion of Whitethorn Hedging, mixed in with Guelder RoseSpindle, and Hazel plants

Description & Features

Holly plants are a dense, tough, robust, evergreen, sturdy, slow growing hedging plant. The Leaves are dark green spiny in structure and pointed at the tip. The leaves of the plant turns darker in colour as the plant matures. It is native to Ireland and will do well in all areas including along the coast. It is commonly found in forests and woodlands where it thrives protected by other larger tree species.

The spiny dense nature of the Holly plant makes it the ideal deterrent against unwanted visitors. It is a slow growing plant, usually only growing about 4-6 inches in any given year. Once established, plants take a trimming well.

An attractive attribute of the Holly plant is it’s flowering and fruiting properties. Both male and female plants are required for cross-pollination. There is no major distinguishing feature to differentiate between male and female holly plants until the berries appear on the female plants. It is best to plant a few plants together to ensure cross-pollination. The berries are a dark red colour and are a very important food source for birds, insects mammals during the long Winter months.

A variety of Holly, called the JC Van Tol Holly is actually a self fertilising Holly, ensuring berries every year without the need for cross-pollination from other plants.

Benefits of hedging to Biodiversity & Ecosystems.

Planting a hedge of any type, especially holly hedges in the garden is a great way to encourage biodiversity and preserve ecosystems. A hedge in the garden provides shelter and security for nesting birds, caterpillars, aphids and other insects. These hedges also act as a network for small animals to move around the garden and populate. They are a wonderful food source for birds, insects and small mammals in the Winter months. They are becoming a very popular choice in Mixed native hedging due to their dense spiny structure which offer protection for smaller more vulnerable animals and birds and also their value as a food source in Winter months.

How & When to Plant Your Holly Plants.

It is slowing growing and it is important to keep the area clean and free from weeds. Annual maintenance including pruning and trimming of a holly hedge can be done once the plant has established. Pruning and trimming is usually done in the Spring before birds begin to build their nests again for the Summer months.

Here in Cullen Nurseries, we grow Holly plants as 4ft Root Balled plants, that are lifted from the ground in Winter months, wrapped in biodegradable Hessian nets, delivered to the end user and transplanted into the ground. PLANT WITH THE HESSIAN NETS ON AS THESE ARE BIODEGRADABLE.

  • Holly plants are usually planted as smaller potted plants, at a frequency of 4 plants per metre in a single row.
  • Keep the new hedge clear of long grass and weeds in the first few moths to promote growth and remove competition from weeds.
  • The plants should be watered if planted in late Spring and there is a period of drought in the proceeding months.
  • When planting It is best to dig a trench 8-9 inches deep, breaking up and aerating the soil.
  • Place the plants in the trench, covering the root system up to the collar of the plant. Shovel back in the soil and walk the plant in to anchor it in the ground.
  • For Root Ball plants, it is advisable to dig a trench about 18 inches wide and 12 inches deep to place the large root ball plant in. Back fill the soil and walk in the plant well to secure it from blowing around in the wind.

Type: Slow Growing
Soil: Well drained, will do well in any soil
Status: Hardy in cold weather,
Position: Sun or light shade
Flowering: Flowers in Summer and berries in Winter

You can view Drone Footage of where we grow our Holly in our Native Nursery here.