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Holly (Ilex spp)


Holly trees are extremely useful evergreens that are suitable for screening, as accents around home foundations, or as large and stately specimens in the landscape. There is tremendous variety among hollies in size, shape, and character. What they have in common is their ability to perform well in both full sun and partial shade, their slow to medium growth rate, and their desire for well drained soil.

Other / Related Varieties:

American Greenleaf Holly (Ilex opaca 'Greenleaf') -A 20 to 30 foot holly (that can reach 50 feet) with a spread of 10 to 15 feet. This holly has a pyramidal form with glossy, medium-green, spiny foliage, and bright red berries in the fall. Slow to moderate growth rate. Cold hardy but not wind tolerant - protect from dessicating winter winds. Useful as a specimen plant or in a grouping.

Nellie Stevens Holly (Ilex x 'Nellie Stevens') - Grows 15-25 feet high, 8-12 feet wide, and is broadly pyramidal in shape. The leaves are a lustrous dark green. The tree is relatively fast growing and very vigorous. Well suited to our area and therefore, commonly used. Self-pollinating, producing orange-red berries in late summer.

Oakleaf Holly

Festive Holly

Red Holly Hybrids - Each of the following varieties has its own color, texture, and shape, providing new diversity in the landscape. The Red Holly Hybrids are easy to grow and care for. They can be planted in full sun or partial shade, in a spot that is protected from damaging winter winds. And they appear to be deer resistant!

Variety Height Distinguishing Characteristics
Little Red 8-10' high x 4-6' wide New growth is maroon. Smallest growth habit of red hollies. More rounded in habit. Very elegant.
Oakleaf 12-14' high x 6-8' wide Most upright. Perfect for tall hedge or large specimen. Leaves are large, emerald green, elongated, and look like oak leaf.
Robin 12-14' high x 6-8' wide New growth is maroon, then lovely dark green. Produces abundant red berries. Makes a great specimen or tall hedge.
Festive 10-12' high x 6-8' wide Dense, tight growth habit. Spiny, stiff foliage is shiny and rich, dark green. Maintain as sheared pyramid - perfect for small garden accent.


Dragon Lady Holly (Ilex x aquipernyi 'Dragon Lady') - This holly is a result of crosses between I. aquifolium x I. pernyi. Dragon Lady's habit is narrow, upright-pyramidal with very spiny, glossy dark green leaves and bright red berries. 8-12' high and 4-5' wide. Pollinate with male blue holly.




Foster Holly - (Ilex attenuata 'Fosteri') - 10-12 feet high and 4-5 feet wide. Used in the landscape as foundation plants, hedges, and specimens. Typically small leaved, glossy green with a spiny margin with a compact, pyramidal growth habit. Able to self-pollinate, they produce bright scarlet berries in the fall that persist through the winter.





Mary Nell Holly (Ilex x Mary Nell) - A broadly pyramidal holly growing 15'-20' high and 10'-12' wide. Spiny, lustrous dark green leaves. Sets great quantities of bright red fruit. Nice for use as a specimen.

Koehne Holly (Ilex x koehneana) - Distinctly pyramidal, growing 20' to 25' high by 10' to 15' wide. Beautiful, glossy, moderately spiny-margined dark green leaf and bears handsome large red fruits in abundance.

Prices vary according to size, variety, and availability.

Please Note: Trees cannot be shipped outside of the DC/Baltimore Metropolitan areas. Tree prices and sizes are subject to change.


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