|1||15C+||Indoor||Grow as a houseplant or under heated glass.|
|2||10 to 15C+||Indoor / Outdoor||Grow indoors, or outdoors in summer in a sheltered spot|
|3||5 to 10C||Tender||Grow outdoors in summer, and in a heated glasshouse in winter.|
|4||1 to 5C||Tender||Grow outdoors or under glass without risk of frost.|
|5||-5 to 1C||Half-Hardy||Hardy in coastal/mild/sheltered areas. Will not tolerate hard/sudden frost. May require winter protection in situ. such as fleece or straw mulch.|
|6||-10 to -5C||Hardy||May suffer at altitude, central/northerly locations, harsh winters, cold gardens and when grown in pots.|
|7||-15 to -10C+||Hardy||Will survive most severe winters but may be at risk in central/northerly locations and in pots. Top growth may be destroyed but will usually re-grow.|
|8||-20 to -15C||Hardy||Will survive severe winter, but may need protection when grown in pots.|
|9||-20C & Colder||Very Hardy / Hardy||in the severest European climates.|
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Originating from Canary Islands
A rare and stunning small tree with big glossy evergreen leaves borne on a fantastic architectural branching habit, making an arresting specimen in woodland and contemporary gardens. Forming a stout and strong upright trunk, its branches grow in an attractive symmetrical wide-spreading pattern, which can be accentuated with light pruning to reveal its shapely structure, with near-horizontal branches. The new shoots are glossy and an impressive near-black/burgundy color, contrasting spectacularly with the new leaves that emerge with a cerise pink margin and a reddish flush to their lustrous golden-green colour. As they mature, they darken to a deep rich green, becoming a broad and lush oval shape with a pointed tip. Thick and rigidly tough, the leaves have almost no spines around their margins.
In early summer, Ilex perado produces white waxy-looking flowers at the base of the leaf stems, followed by striking red fruits on female trees if fertilised by a male. The fruits are large and much more showy than our native holly and appear en masse along the length of the branches.
Easy to grow in any but thin chalky soil, and in pots. It benefits from some woodland shelter in full sun or part shade.
Height and spread after 10 – 2- years 4m x 4m.
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