American Holly - Tree Form

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Native Evergreen American Holly Tree Form

  • Native Hardy Evergreen
  • One of The Most Popular Hollies Planted
  • Spring Flowers
  • Natural Pyramidal Shape
  • Grown As A Single Trunk Tree
  • Perfect for Specimen Planting

Looking for a standout tree in your landscape? If you'd like a low-maintenance evergreen that provides a strong and steady look throughout the year, you'll adore Nature Hills American Holly Tree Form (Ilex opaca).

Yes, this is the classic Holly, featuring big, serrated dark green leaves and rich green foliage color year-round. This gorgeous native evergreen thrives in a variety of conditions - including partial shade - and it simply shines in fall and winter.

In fact, this attractive native tree is so ingrained in Americana, it looks as if Norman Rockwell could have painted it. But it's not just nostalgia that brings instant warmth and fondness when people see it. We truly think this tree has a fresh, modern feel as well with its crisp, densely pyramidal profile and deep green leaves.

After all, everything old is new again. And let's face it, if it was good enough for George Washington, it's likely good enough to carry your landscape design all through every season.

Evergreen Hollies provide winter shelter for many songbirds throughout the year. The bark is a smooth grey-brown that adds a sturdy appearance to the trees character. This hardy native plant is pest and disease resistant.

Both male and female Hollies have a wonderful presence in the landscape, and females produce red berries. These red fruits are an excellent food source for birds.

American Holly is a beautifully useful tree for the landscape and the growth habit has an elegant feel. Order yours today!

How to Use American Holly Tree Form in the Landscape

Simply put, you can use this plant any way you want to. American Holly Tree Form is very adaptable. Keep it natural for a magnificent specimen tree, or tightly clipped as a manicured accent.

It shines during the holidays, of course. Place a large bowed ribbon around its stem and add strands of mini twinkle lights. Effortlessly sophisticated natural decorating at its finest!

But this beauty also is great the rest of the year. The deep leaf color never fades, and the tree form makes a striking silhouette no matter the season. In the spring, small white blooms give it a completely different look.

Plant them in a curved group to the south and west of a seating area to create a great retreat to get summer heat relief. You'll create those all-important "garden bones" to base your design around.

Use American Holly as an amazing backdrop for an Azalea or Hydrangea garden, or pair with contrasting textures such as swaying Ornamental Grasses or large-leaved Hostas. Yellow groundcover roses would pop against the dark green foliage.

Stick with a strict plant palate to achieve a streamlined, modern look. Or give it a place of honor with a mix of evergreens for a restful, low-maintenance look. Either way, your neighbors will be envious of your good taste.

#ProPlantTips for Care

American Holly thrives in many soil types, but does not tolerate poor drainage, nor is it drought tolerant. The plant benefits from a richly organic soil and should be mulched heavily when young.

Hollies like a pH of 5.5 to 6. A spring application of Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Organic and Natural Premium Fertilizer will assure that your Holly stays healthy and rich green year-round.

The American Holly grows best in full sun to part shade. The plant likes to have consistent moisture, but not remain wet. Will benefit from the same consistent moisture required by a lawn, as long as the drainage is good. It doesn't require much maintenance - a quick trim to keep its shape, but that's all.

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Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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American Holly - Tree Form Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ilex opaca
Mature Height 40 - 50 feet
Mature Spread 20 - 35 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Evergreen
Foliage Evergreen
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes