This eye-catching evergreen shrub is a handsome cultivar of the Red Holly series. It boasts attractive new growth that is bronze-to-burgundy, then ages to emerald green! The foliage will stay dark greenish white colored all year round. This variety came from the seeds of Ilex ‘Mary Nell’ female plant. The male plant from cross pollination is unknown.
The Oakleaf Holly tree is an elegant hybrid holly featuring a tall, pyramidal form. As the tree reaches maturity, the lower branches lose their vertical turgidity, giving the tree an upright pyramid shape. Can grow up to 14 feet tall and 8 feet wide.
Its dark green foliage is distinctive and charmingly similar in shape to that of an oak, which is where it got it’s name. Unlike many other American hollies, the Oakleaf will set 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 animal 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.
The fast growing Oak leaf red Holly prefers full sun and slightly acidic, well-drained soil. This cold hardy variety is stunning as a tall hedge or specimen plant. It is heat and drought tolerant and the USDA growing zones are 6-9. Perfect for southern states! You will not be dissapointed in the oak leaf holly green leaves!
Ilex x 'Conaf'
- Attractive, evergreen foliage
- Red berries
- Pyramidal shape
- Year-round interest