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Ilex opaca/American Holly

Ilex opaca / Ilex opaca
Among the most popular evergreen trees in the South
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Among the most popular evergreen trees in the South

Close-up of typical American holly foliage

Heavy fruit set on a female tree

Typical holly leaves with spines on the margins

Specimen American holly tree

Limbs allowed to grow near the ground

Foliage and young berries in early summer

Lawn tree

Berries and green foliage

Red fruit on tree

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Scientific Name: Ilex opaca
Common Name: American Holly
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Winter
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Plants that Attract Birds
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: A long-lived, evergreen tree that is used in screening, accent and as a specimen plant. Its red fruit is a favorite for many species of birds and other wildlife. Sexes on separate plants. There are numerous cultivars of American holly on the market.