Cape Holly Overview
The African holly has attractive bark and berries. It grows throughout the country and is one of the few indigenous evergreen trees that cope with frost, making it suitable for colder, frosty gardens too. Ilex mitis is a fairly fast-growing tree species, capable of growing 0.8 m a year, making it a good species for use as hedging. It transplants well but needs protection whilst young. Originating from southern Africa, Ilex mitis grows best in dry environments when planted alongside a running stream. To be sure of fruit, plant a small grove of these trees and remove extra males later.