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American Holly, Ilex opaca Seeds - Zones 5 - 9

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American Holly - Ilex opaca Seeds

The wonderful American Holly is a pyramidal grower to 25’ tall or more, but it’s real attribute is it’s bright red berries.  The seeds of hollies do usually take a while to sprout, so please be patient.  It is best if you can plant them directly into moist (not wet) garden soil outside and let them do their thing on their own.  More often than not when people plant holly seeds in containers, they end up dumping the containers prematurely, assuming that the seeds are not going to sprout.  Use a little patience, and you will be rewarded.

Physical Characteristics : An evergreen Shrub growing to 15 m (49ft) by 1.5 m (5ft) at a slow rate. It is hardy to zone 5. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen from Nov to December. The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required) and are pollinated by Bees.The plant is not self-fertile. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils..It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade.It requires moist soil.The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

Shade Tolerant
Specimen Tree
Winter Interest
Acid Loving
Cut Flower
Heat Tolerant
Salt Tolerant
Crop Plant
Ornamental Fruit

Cultivation and uses
The wood is very pale, tough, close-grained, takes a good polish, and is used for whip-handles, engraving blocks, and cabinet work. It can also be dyed and used as a substitute for ebony. It has a density of 0.58 to 0.64. The sap is watery, and contains a bitter substance which possesses tonic properties.

Ornamental plant
Ilex opaca is often cultivated by plant nurseries for use as a broadleaf evergreen ornamental plant, planted as a shrub or slower growing ornamental tree. Over 1,000 cultivars have been selected, including plants selected for cold tolerance ('Cobalt', a male cultivar, is able to tolerate temperatures as low as −32 °C), growth form (e.g. dwarf forms such as 'Cardinal Hedge', a female plant growing to 1.2 m tall), and color and abundance of fruit (notable female cultivars including the large-berried 'Yule', and the yellow-berried 'Canary' and 'Morgan Gold').

Holiday decoration
Holly is a popular winterChristmas and holiday season decoration. In English poetry and English stories the holly is inseparably connected with the merry-making and greetings which gather around the Christmas time. The custom is followed in North America, and holly and mistletoe are widely used for decoration of homes and churches. The European Holly does not grow in the climate of most of the United States, but the American Holly makes an excellent second choice for it closely resembles the European species. The leaves are similar in outline and toothed and bristled very much the same way, but they are a paler green and the surface gloss is duller than in the European species.

American holly is the state tree of Delaware.

Yellow-green spiny leaves; red fruit almost 1/2" wide, lasting into winter; of pyramidal habit in youth, later more open, with horizontal branches, sometimes contorted; must have male and female to get fruit; parent of many varied cultivars; native to eastern U.S.


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