Holly Oak, Holm Oak
|Wide-spreading, large-trunked Oaks are known for their long life, strength and majestic beauty. They have many forms, but are mostly deciduous trees and some shrubs. Some like wet soil, while others prefer dry. All have deeply cut leaves and acorns. The foliage on some types turns red, orange and yellow in fall. On others it turns only brown. The evergreens have hollylike leaves. Use as shade or street trees. Prone to caterpillars, oak root fungus and wilt. Never plant an Oak where another Oak died from disease. Prune to speed growth. For greater height, pinch tips of small branches, and leave as much foliage as possible.
Used as a shade tree in much of southern Europe, it can also be pruned as a hedge. Forming a dense canopy, the hollylike leaves are deep green above and yellowish silver beneath. Stake when young until trunk develops. Tolerates coastal conditions. No summer water.
Attributes - Quercus ilex
Plant Type: Tree
Height: 30 ft. to 65 ft.
Width: 65 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 7, 8, 9, 10
Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Alkaline Soil. Low Maintenance. Susceptible to Caterpillars, Powdery Mildew, Scales.
Quercus acutissima, Quercus agrifolia, Quercus alba, Quercus coccinea, Quercus douglasii, Quercus dumosa, Quercus durata, Quercus ellipsoidalis, Quercus emoryi, Quercus engelmannii, Quercus gambelii, Quercus grisea, Quercus hypoleucoides, Quercus imbricaria, Quercus laurifolia, Quercus mohriana, Quercus oblongifolia, Quercus palmeri, Quercus palustris, Quercus phellos, Quercus robur, Quercus robur 'Fastigiata', Quercus rubra, Quercus rugosa, Quercus suber, Quercus turbinella, Quercus virginiana, Quercus wislizenii