Dark, blue-green, soft, spiny leaves with purple-black stems. A slow-growing, dense, upright shrub. Profusion of small, white spring blossoms. Plant in combination with pollinator Ilex ‘Blue Prince’ to attain scarlet red berries. Tolerates semi-shade and cold conditions. Evergreen tree that grows at a slow rate to reach 2.5m (H) x 2m (W) in 10 years.