Ilex opaca

American Holly

Used to decorate many a home in winter, these are perhaps the most popular of all ornamental berry plants. Their showy berries often last for several months and attract birds. Most compact and fruitful in sun, Hollies will tolerate shade. On many Hollies, fruit is produced on female plants and pollen on male plants. To ensure plentiful fruit, plant both sexes near each other. They range from 1-foot dwarves to 50-foot trees. Useful as a hedge, barrier or background plant. Bugs can cause problems, but diseases are rare.
Ilex opaca, American Holly
One of the most widely planted and reliable broad-leaved evergreens for colder climates, it is chiefly found in the northeast United States. Valued for its tough glossy leaves and red berries. Some types have spineless leaves and yellow berries. Not as showy as I. aquifolium.

Attributes - Ilex opaca

Plant Type: Tree

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 30 ft. to 50 ft.

Width: 40 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 6, 7, 8, 9

Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Hot Climates. Container Plants, Low Maintenance. Susceptible to Beetles, Black Spot, Powdery Mildew, Scales, Whiteflies.

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Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens', Ilex 'Sparkleberry', Ilex aquifolium 'Echo', Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii Nana', Ilex cornuta 'Rotunda', Ilex crenata, Ilex decidua, Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Girl', Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Princess', Ilex x meserveae 'China Boy', Ilex x meserveae 'China Girl', Ilex x meserveae 'Golden Girl', Ilex perado, Ilex pernyi, Ilex verticillata 'Afterglow', Ilex verticillata 'Harvest Red', Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red', Ilex verticillata x serrata 'Sparkleberry', Ilex vomitoria 'Pendula', Ilex vomitoria 'Schellings Dwarf'
 
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