Ilex altac Golden King AGM
Variegated Holly

Ilex altac Golden King AGM

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A lush, evergreen shrub, the variegated foliage of Ilex altaclerensis Golden King is extremely handsome. Rather than prickles, the shiny leaves, with yellow margins, have attractive serrations making them easier to handle. Its inconspicuous spring flowers attract native pollinators and the foliage is a haven for garden birds. A recipient of the RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit), for all round excellence in the garden.

This benign but robust holly is the result of breeding the native English Holly - Ilex aquifolium - with Ilex x altaclerensis. Symbolically seen as referring to Christ’s crown of thorns, prior to the 19th-century, Holly once played a much more important part in decorating family homes for festivity than the Christmas tree.


Inconspicuous spring flowers are followed later on the female plant by brownish red fleshy red fruit. The berries are toxic to humans and pets.

  • Moist, well drained soil
  • All aspects
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Fully hardy

Requires little or no pruning


Sweetly scented flowers