Ilex or holly is a huge family with many different varieties. They can be evergreen shrubs or trees, they differ so much depending on the variety as not all have spikes. Holly make lovely hedges or nice specimens. Ilex JC Van Tol - bears slightly prickly dark green leaves and can produce red berries even when even when on its own or planted in groups. They are very low maintenance as they are slow growing. Hollies like to be planted in moist well drained soil in sun or shade, ideally they do like a sheltered site.