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Fast Growing, Cold Hardy Holly with Year Round Appeal
This eye-catching evergreen shrub is a handsome cultivar of the Red Holly series. This Oak Leaf™ Holly tree variety came from the seeds of Ilex ‘Mary Nell’ female plant. The male plant from cross pollination is unknown.
The Oak Leaf holly boasts attractive new growth of spiny leaves that emerges bronze-to-burgundy, then ages to emerald green! The foliage will stay dark greenish white colored with year round interest. Its dark green foliage is distinctive and charmingly similar in shape to that of an oak tree, which is where it got its name.
How Big Does An Oak Leaf Holly Get?
The Oakleaf Holly tree is a tall elegant hybrid holly featuring a pyramidal form. As the tree reaches maturity, the lower branches lose their vertical turgidity, giving the tree an upright pyramid shape. Oak Leaf hollies can grow up to 14 feet tall and 8 feet wide.
Are Oakleaf Hollies Fast Growing?
Like most hollies, the Oakleaf is a rather fast grower. Oakleaf hollies will quickly reach maturity with a growth rate of up to 2 feet per year.
Are Oak Leaf Hollies Deer Resistant?
Most hollies will not be eaten by deer, so they’ll usually look elsewhere for a snack. However, deer will eat most anything depending on what’s available, so Oak Leaf holly may be deer resistant, but not deer proof.
What Colors are Oak Leaf Hollies?
Unlike many other American hollies, the Ilex Oakleaf will set bright red berries without needing a pollenizer because it has both male and female flower parts in each flower. These orange red pea sized berries attract many different kinds of animals including deer and birds. Before the berries, creamy white flowers with a yellow-ish hue appear in early spring (March-May).
Our evergreen nursery loves these holly bushes for their shape and form. It is especially easy to manage oak leaf holly pruning. A simple prune yearly will suffice to maintain the desired size and shape. You can also check out our Evergreen Tree Grow Guide for more information on planting and maintaining evergreens.
PLANTING OAKLEAF HOLLY SHRUBS
The fast growing Oak leaf red Holly prefers full sun and slightly acidic, well-drained soil. It can tolerate light shade in warmer zones. The cold hardy variety of holly is stunning as a tall hedge, foundation plant, or specimen plant.
Can Oak Leaf Holly Grow In Shade?
Oak Leaf hollies grow best with anywhere from partial sunlight to full sunlight. Leaving your Oak Leaf holly in full shade will cause it to produce significantly less fruit and begin to turn pale.
Where to Plant Oak Leaf Hollies
The Oak Leaf red holly is heat and drought tolerant and can grow across the United States in USDA growing zones 6-9. Perfect for southern states! Test your soil pH before planting and if you need to amend to become more acidic soil you can use your specially formulated acidic potting mix.
Water your Oakleaf Holly thoroughly the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. A thick layer of mulch surrounding the root ball will help retain moisture. It is pest and disease resistant and easy to grow!
You will not be disappointed in the oak leaf bush’s dark green leaves and beautiful red berries!
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Arrived packed well and plants were well hydrated. Plants were healthy as well!
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Really nice but pretty expensive shipping costs...
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I ordered the 4-5 ft trees. This was my second order. I bought the 4-5 ft. trees to be able to see the shape of these young trees better. Each order the trees where delivered healthy and fast. I’m sure they will grow without any problems.
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