Ilex opaca - American Holly


A native evergreen holly that is very slow growing, but worth the wait.    Traditionally this holly has a flat matte hunter green coloring with red berries.   Plant is good as an estate holly or can be used for privacy and hedging.   The growth rate on this holly is a half foot per year.   Will tolerate shade, wind, salt, and is moderately deer tolerant.
Common Name: American holly
Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Family: Aquifoliaceae
Native Range: Eastern and central United States
Zone: 5 to 9
Height: 15.00 to 30.00 feet
Spread: 10.00 to 20.00 feet
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Description: Creamy white
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Insignificant
Leaf: Evergreen
Attracts: Birds
Fruit: Showy
Other: Winter Interest, Thorns
Tolerate: Deer, Clay Soil, Air Pollution