Oak Leaf Holly

Oak Leaf Holly

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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 yellowish 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. 


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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Botanical Name
Ilex hybrid 'Conaf'

Full Sun

Foliage Color

Flower Color

Mature Width
8 ft

Mature Height
14 ft

Growing Zones 6, 7, 8, 9

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Nicholas D.
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To who it may concern, Every order I place with Perfect Plants is fulfilled with perfection!! From the timely receipt, to the precision packing and of course 1st quality plants with every order / delivery!! Second to none, thanks for all the Perfection P.P. Nicholas

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Hi Nicholas, Thank you so much for supporting our family-owned business and taking the time to leave such an honest review of your experience with with us and the Oak Leaf Holly you received. We are beyond overjoyed by having a customer that keeps coming back. If you have any questions, concerns, or inquiries, please let us know and we'll be glad to help out. We look forward to your continued support! Best, Shirley

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Oak Leaf Holly

I really like the 3 plants. They arrived in perfect condition inside a recyclable cardboard and paper shipping container. They are planted on a berm behind my house we are refurbishing as many of the original plants are over grown and not providing privacy from the businesses located on the main road. We struggle with an ever munching deer population and the pickers on the holly leaves are a deterrent from animal consumption. I prefer the “old fashion “ larger leaved plants. I have great hop for these holly as they mature.


Perfect Plants Nursery

Oh, hey there, fellow garden enthusiast! �� I'm so glad to hear that you're loving your new Oak Leaf Holly plants – that's oak-some news! � And it sounds like you have quite the project going on behind your house. If you ever need any tips or advice on caring for your hollies or any other plants, I'm here to help. Happy gardening and may your garden flourish like a Hollywood blockbuster! ��

Ellen S.


Perfect Plants Nursery

Thank you for your Oak Leaf™ Holly order, Ellen. Take care!

William B.


Perfect Plants Nursery

Thank you for your Oak Leaf™ Holly order, William. Take care!


Arrived packed well and plants were well hydrated. Plants were healthy as well!


Perfect Plants Nursery

Thank you for sharing your experience with us, Melissa. Hope your Oak Leaf™ Holly is still thriving!

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