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This Christmas Holly is Great For Privacy
The American Holly is also known as the White Holly or Christmas Holly. American Holly can be grown as a small tree or shrub and is popular used for a privacy hedge, noise barrier or ornamental specimen. It keeps its natural pyramidal shape & is one of the few hollies that keeps its branching and foliage from top to bottom.
American Holly grows best in full sun to part shade. In warmer climates, avoid planting where it get too much direct late afternoon sun in the summer. American Holly care is pretty easy. Prune in winter if needed. Although it can handle heavy pruning, just light trimming of overgrown or dead branches is recommended. It has almost no known pest or disease problems.
When looking at American Holly shrubs for sale, consider the growth rate is moderate. American Hollies do not grow as fast as some other popular Holly trees, such as the Nellie Stevens. Consider buying at least a 3 gallon container size. The key to early growth is how you plant your American Holly trees. Dig your planting hole twice as wide as the container and mix in an organic soil or compost. You want a mix of about 50% soil you dug out with 50% organic soil. This give the roots the best chance to adapt & expand, allowing for new growth above ground faster.
American Holly is considered deer resistant, not deer proof. Deer really don’t like the leaves but if desperate, they could nibble on them.
|Mature Height||15-20 feet|
|Mature Width||12-15 feet|
|Sunlight||Full – Partial|
|Grow Zones||6 to 9|
|Botanical Name||Ilex opaca|
USDA Hardiness Zones 6 to 9