Ilex × altaclerensis

Ilex × altaclerensis ‘Golden King’

Variegated evergreens can be difficult to place in the garden because getting them to “work” with other plants is never easy. With this one I don’t even try – I just give it its own space and let it show off its bright, prickle-free foliage. Despite its name, this is a female plant that produces red berries in winter. ‘Golden King’ can get to 4m or 5m tall, but it’s very easy to clip to shape if your garden is small. It thrives in a wide range of soils and situations.

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