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Traditional Evergreen Holly That's Great For a Privacy Screen

The American Holly (Ilex opaca) also called the White Holly or Christmas Holly, is the most familiar holly.  It is a small tree or shrub with striking evergreen foliage that's perfect for a privacy hedge.

The American Holly is easy to identify. It has thick, smooth, dark green, spiny leaves that are a yellowish green underneath. Unlike some hollies, the American Holly keeps its foliage from top to bottom for the life of the tree. It can easily reach 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 for full sun to part shade.

Because it does well in shade it is also a wonderful choice as an understory tree. This means if you’d like to fill in gaps between larger trees in your yard the American Holly can be planted under them.

The flowers of the American Holly appear from April to June. Bundles of small white flowers are a beautiful contrast to the deep shiny foliage.  They are a delicate reminder in spring of the berries that will follow.

The berries grow on your holly from September to November. The berries start out green, and then mature to a brilliant red. The American Holly will keep its dazzling display of deep red berries against emerald foliage through the winter. 

You will love having fresh holly branches to decorate your house during the winter months, but you will also be doing a great service for the small animals and birds in your neighborhood. During the winter the American Holly is an important source of food for the birds, and provides a safe haven for shelter and nests in its thick foliage.

The American Holly needs minimal watering and can grow in nearly any soil including hard clay. You will enjoy its dense green foliage all year.

* Shrub or Small Tree
* Full Sun to Part Shade
* Brilliant Red Berries


Plant Facts

Family Ilex opaca
Foliage Green
Mature Height 40 - 50 feet
Mature Spread 20 - 35 feet
Soil Widely adaptable
Zones 5-9
Mature Form Pyramidal
Growth Rate Medium
Sun Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Flower Color Whitesh green
Fall Color Green
Bloom Period Spring

American Holly.

Rating: 4.9/5 based on 8 review(s)
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Pleased Review by Royston
5-of-6 came in perfectly. One holly had stem damage, so hopefully it mends and I don't have to reorder. Otherwise, I'm happy with my order.

Two things, though: FedEx delivered to the wrong house, despite the correct address being placed on the packages... Luckily, a very nice lady knocked on my door and told me she had my packages on her porch.
Love the larger sizes Review by Freddy K
I bought 4 of the 3-4 feet sizes and they're doing great. I was very impressed with how well they were packed & how quickly they got to me. All I see now are listed as 1 gallon sizes. I wish it said how tall they were.
Beautiful Holly Review by Helen
I planted my tree 45 years ago and today it stands magnificently 75 ft. tall. I have taken small plants from the mother holly and they are all growing wonderfully. I now have a barrier between my neighbors and our home. Wonderful investment 45 years ago.
Plant size Review by Telli
I saw a 30 foot American Holly in TN last winter and it looked like it was growing out of pure rock. They must be very hardy if they can grow that big.
Great in the snow Review by Marsha Williams
I planted this tee outside of my kitchen window. It looks absolutely beautiful covered in snow during the winter. Very festive!

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