Oak Leaf™ Holly Shrub

Pointy Evergreen foliage all year long and bright red fruit in fall for the birds!

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.

It 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.

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. Can grow up to 14 feet tall and 8 feet wide with a growth rate of up to 2 feet per year.

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.

Planting Oakleaf Holly

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.

It is heat and drought tolerant and can grow across the United States in USDA growing zones are 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 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 bushes dark green leaves and beautiful red berries!

Shop the Oakleaf Holly tree for sale. One of our most popular hollies!

You can also check out our Evergreen Tree Grow Guide for more information on planting evergreens.


Botanical Name

Ilex hybrid 'Conaf'

Sunlight Full Sun
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 14 ft
Mature Width 8 ft
Growing Zones 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Attractive, evergreen foliage
  • Red berries
  • Pyramidal shape
  • Year-round interest

Shipping Info

Once your Oak Leaf™ Holly Shrub order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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The Oakleaf Holly prefers full sun and a somewhat moist but well-draining and slightly acidic soil. Regular watering is especially important until established. A planting site should be chosen that offers sufficient clearance for it’s mature size. The Oakleaf will maintain it’s loosely conical shape naturally or can be pruned or sheared to serve as a neatly kept specimen plant or as a formal or informal hedge.

When planting multiples, space the centers of the Oakleaf Holly 6 to 8 feet apart.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Oakleaf Holly, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

10 reviews for Oak Leaf™ Holly Shrub

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  1. Stephanie W.

    Bought the 4-5ft trees. Was very happy! They came shaped just like the pictures. Will shop here again.

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  2. Stephany Miller

    Could not find these at my local Garden Center, emailed Perfect Plants and Kristina was quick to get back with me with a picture. Before spending over $1,000 on trees I wanted to make sure they looked nice. Order was placed and trees shipped two days later. A+ for Kristina and her group.

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  3. Suzanne R.

    Always have trepidations about ordering online but the staff made us feel comfortable answering all questions, sending photos, and responding to questions even after delivery. Ordered 8, 2-3ft. Oakleaf Hollys – all arrived very well packaged, nicer than photos sent, and in excellent condition. We could see a few red berries from last winter and new blooms and growth. They are in the ground and thriving beautifully! Will order from Perfect Plants again with no hesitations. The Oakleafs are beautiful!

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Thank you so much!! We appreciate the kind words. Always happy to help!

  4. Alyssa West (store manager)

    Bought this oakleaf holly to encourage birds to come to my yard because im an avid bird watcher. So far so good! I have seen 3 cardinals in just 1 week of planting! They are my favorites and I am very happy with this holly bush.

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  5. emajn

    Update: It’s been almost a year since we ordered our 8 Oakleaf Hollies. All have thrived in clay soil and full sun, all but 3 produced red berries this past winter (we’ve had a strange winter). We remain thrilled with the way our trees were shipped, the size and condition upon arrival, and how they’ve held up. Thanks so much!

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Emajn, thank you so much for your kind words on our Oakleaf Holly. They sure are gorgeous, tall and upright specimens… especially when the roots establish and growth takes off. We hope they bring you joy for years to come!

  6. Wayne B. (verified owner)

    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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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Wayne, thank you for your orders of the oakleaf holly. We are so happy you are pleased and we were able to help you with your new plants. Happy gardening!!

  7. Melissa (verified owner)

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

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Melissa, thank you for reviewing our Oak Leaf Holly. We are glad it arrived safe and sound. Enjoy!

  8. William B. (verified owner)

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