Ilex opaca


American Holly

In Stock: 1.162 lb (Total:1.162lb)
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Seed lots

1.2 lb


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Seeds per lb:
1.16 lb
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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: warm stratify for 60 days, cold stratify for 60 days
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, keep moist, mulch the seed bed.

Other: seedlings need shade for their first year , Sporadic germination will occur over a 2-3 year period 

Introducing Ilex opaca American Holly: A Prized Broadleaf Evergreen Ornamental Tree

Discover the beauty and versatility of Ilex opaca, commonly known as American Holly. This medium-sized, broadleaved evergreen tree reaches heights of 10-20m, with exceptional individuals growing up to 30m tall. With its yellow-green, spiny leaves and vibrant red fruit that lasts well into winter, this tree adds a touch of elegance to any landscaping.

Native to the eastern United States, American Holly thrives as an understory tree in forests. While it is rare in certain areas of the North, it flourishes further south along the southern coast and in the Gulf states, reaching its greatest size on the bottomlands of southern Arkansas and eastern Texas. Its short and slender branches, along with thick and fleshy roots, allow it to adapt to a range of soil conditions, from dry to swampy.

Not only is American Holly sought after for its ornamental appeal, but it also boasts a strikingly white wood that is valued in various industries. The wood, with a density of 0.58 to 0.64, is prized for cabinet making, interior finishes of houses, veneers, and inlay. It is even used to create small items such as tool handles. Additionally, the wood can be stained to imitate ebony, enhancing its aesthetic versatility.

With over 1,000 cultivars available, American Holly offers choices to suit every preference. Whether you're looking for cold tolerance, specific growth forms, or an abundance of fruit, our carefully selected cultivars have you covered. Whether planted as a shrub or a slower growing ornamental tree, this tree adds timeless charm to any landscape.

Unleash your creativity during the holiday season with American Holly. It is a beloved Christmas decoration, symbolizing joy and merry-making. In poetry and stories, holly is inseparably connected to the spirit of Christmas. Embrace tradition and decorate your home with this iconic plant, creating a festive atmosphere.

Join us in celebrating the beauty and versatility of Ilex opaca American Holly. From its vibrant foliage and fruit to its prized wood, this versatile tree is a true treasure. Whether you're a landscaping enthusiast, a woodworker, or simply a lover of nature, American Holly will captivate your senses. Embrace the elegance and charm of this enduring botanical gem.

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