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Ilex opaca

Native Plants

American Holly

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American Holly (Ilex opaca) is the largest of the twenty native hollies, growing to a height of 70’. It is excellent for use as an evergreen specimen, massed, or for hedges. American holly provides an evergreen screen in the garden as well as a backdrop for its attractive fruit display which can include bright red, dark orange, or occasionally yellow berries. American Holly thrives in full sun to partial shade and soil that is moderately fertile, acidic, and well drained. American holly is pollution tolerant and with over 1,000 cultivars from which to choose, gardeners can find the perfect tree for virtually any garden. It combines well with flowering dogwood (CornusBenthamidia florida), mapleleaf viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium), Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica), dwarf fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii), and alumroots (Heuchera spp). Zones 5-9. 

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