Ilex opaca ~ American Holly-ServeScape

American Holly

Ilex opaca

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  • Delivery to Greater Atlanta, GA, Greenville, SC & Tallahassee, FL area ONLY, within 5-7 business days. (Click HERE to see our Delivery Area Map)
  • Pickup in 3-5 business days from our Switchyard in Chamblee, GA       
    (Mon/Wed/Fri 11am-4pm - 3708 N Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA)
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Planning to install this yourself? We recommend a size 15 Gallon or smaller for DIY installations. These sizes do not require any offloading equipment.
Any tree or shrub that is sized by HEIGHT or CAL (Caliper- size where the trunk meets the root flare) is delivered with a large root ball wrapped in burlap (B&B). They are typically 1000+ LBS per plant. They will require heavy equipment to install. Installation is not included in the price of the plant. We highly recommend adding the ServeScape ‘One-Click’ Installation service (must be added at the cart page) for material of this size, or working with a contractor that can provide equipment for installation.

For any tree or shrub that is sized larger than 10’ HEIGHT or 3” CAL, the customer will be required to provide offloading equipment or a contractor to offload unless paying for installation through ServeScape. We will coordinate delivery with you so that your contractor can have equipment ready upon your plant's arrival!

American Holly, scientifically known as Ilex opaca, is a beautiful evergreen tree that is highly valued for its glossy green leaves and vibrant red berries. Here's some information about American Holly:

  1. Appearance: American Holly is known for its dense, pyramidal shape and its glossy, dark green leaves. The leaves are typically spiny and have a wavy or serrated edge. The tree can grow up to 50 feet (15 meters) tall, with a spread of about 25 feet (7.6 meters).

  2. Berries: Female American Holly trees produce small, bright red berries that ripen in the fall and persist through the winter. These berries are a valuable food source for birds and can add a festive touch to the winter landscape.

  3. Pollination: American Holly is a dioecious plant, which means it has separate male and female trees. Female trees produce the berries, while male trees produce small, inconspicuous flowers that are necessary for pollination. To ensure berry production, it's important to have a compatible male holly tree nearby, such as 'Jersey Knight' or 'Jersey Princess'.




Southeast N. America; GA Native


15' - 30'


10’ - 20'



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 9


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MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low Maintenance.  Water regularly.   Well-drained soils essential.   Potential issues include mites, scale, leaf spot, rot, and mildew.  Susceptible to leaf scorch or drop if not protected from afternoon sun in hotter climates.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland Gardens, Privacy ScreenHedges, Foundation Plantings, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS:  AzaleaHydrangeaPeony

IMAGE: GelmaraghyC2-2-Ilex opaca (American Holly)CC BY-SA 3.0

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