Ilex aquifolium Golden van Tol
Stem height 30-40 cm
Beautiful small standard trees
Sunshine yellow and green varigation
Ilex aquifolium 'Golden van Tol' currently out of stock - try Ilex 'Alaska Aurea' as an alternative
Ilex aquifolium 'Golden van Tol' is a top seller at Todd's Botanics, it is a truly stunning holly with many great qualities. The van Tol cultivars are self fertile so will produce lovely red berries in winter, which is a wonderful contrast to the golden variegation. 'Golden van Tol' has broad gossy leaves which have failry smooth edges, so no spikes - this makes trimming to shape a lot more pleasant!
Hollies will grow well in either shade or sun and a variegated holly will really brighten up a dark corner or that difficult space. If it is planted in a pot then it can be also placed in that tricky dry/shady spot that you are always struggling with, all you will have to do is remember to water it! Hollies will actually grow in very dry areas once they are established and they have their roots down.
Where more than one tree is ordered we will do our best to match up trees to work well together. We also provide full care notes with every order. Hollies, like other standards will look great in pots as well as in the ground, we recommend http://www.vasotoscano.com/ for frostproof terracotta pots.
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Situation Open Close
†Holly (Ilex) and Viburnum tinus topiary is very adaptable; being happy in full sun, part shade or full shade. Watering just needs to be adjusted accordingly.†Holly and Viburnum tinus suit all soil types apart from waterlogged! In a container, a soil based compost such as John Innes No.3 with added organic matter and coarse grit to aid stability and drainage would be ideal.
Feeding and Watering Open Close
Containerised topiary plants rely on you for all their feed and watering requirements. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer such as Vitax Q4 once a month from Apr†-Jul. Discolouration of foliage is usually due to lack of feeding.
Pruning: As a minimum,†prune†topiary during early June then again in October to shape it up†ready for†winter. Alternatively, trim little and often throughout the growing season. Use secateurs to avoid leaving cut leaves. Prune Viburnum tinus after flowering if necessary but bear in mind that the flowers will go on to produce very attractive berries for the autumn-winter.†
Don't rely on rainfall to water containerised topiary; the foliage is so dense that little if any rain would reach the soil. Luckily however, holly is a very tough plants. Water container grown plants throughout the growing season (Apr-Sept). The frequency very much depends on the sun/shade situation of the plants and the weather conditions. Waterlogging can also be a problem if the container does not drain between waterings.
Pests and Diseases Open Close
Discolouration of foliage is usually due to feed and/or watering requirements - see above. On holly, low numbers of yellow leaves is part of the natural shedding process; these can just be picked off if too unsightly. However, if an excessive amount of yellow leaves appear this can be a symptom of waterlogging - check the compost.