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Holly - American

Scientific Name: Ilex opaca
Best Planted in USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-9.


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Plant Quick Guide

Growing Zones:


Mature Height:

40-50 ft

Mature Width:

18-40 ft


Full (6-8 hours)


4-5 ft

Growth Rate:

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The American Holly (Ilex opaca) also called the White Holly or Christmas Holly, is the most popular holly. It is a small evergreen tree or shrub with thick, smooth, dark green, spiny leaves that are a yellowish green underneath. The American Holly keeps its foliage from top to bottom for the life of the tree and can easily grow to a height of 50' with a 35' spread. Great for a privacy hedge and noise barrier, but its natural pyramidal shape also makes it a perfect ornamental tree for any yard. Bundles of small white flowers appear from April to June and are a beautiful contrast to the deep shiny foliage. The dazzling deep red berries grow from September to November and stay throughout the winter. The American Holly needs minimal watering and can grow in nearly any soil including hard clay. USDA ZONES: Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9.

**Please Note: We do not sex the holly plants and cannot tell you if you will receive a male or female plant.
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Plant in full to part sun but will grow in partial shade. Add top soil or organic peat moss and composted cow manure to the hole when you plant. You’ll only need to trim once in a while to keep the plant nicely shaped. Dwarf yaupon has a naturally rounded shape. If you grow it as a manicured hedge, avoid a boxy, straight-up cut on the sides. A rounder shape will let sunlight in to keep the plant full to the bottom, but vertical sides prevent light from getting through resulting in bare stems at the base. Water regularly but give the area enough time to dry out between waterings. Fertilize 3 times a year - spring, summer and fall - with a good granular fertilizer. Place these shrubs 2-1/2 to 3 feet apart and away from the house 2-1/2 to 3 feet. If you plant a row of dwarf yaupon holly shrubs along a walk, place them 3 feet or more in from the pavement's edge. They can spread out wide eventually.
First, decide on a planting location. Consider carefully what kind of sun, soil, and growing-space your tree or shrub will need. Once you've located the perfect spot, the hole you are digging must be at least double the width and as deep as the root system you are planting. The top of the root system should be level with the ground. Before placing the tree or shrub in the hole, use your hands to gently break up the root system. Once the tree is in place, backfill the hole with native soil and any leftover potting material. Pack down the soil to eliminate any air pockets. When finished, water thoroughly. To insure your plants a successful growth rate and productive life, plant your seedlings per the instructions included in your PlantMeGreen package.

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