Oak Leaf Holly


Oak Leaf Holly is a Great Choice For a Privacy Hedge

  • Attractive, evergreen foliage
  • Red berries
  • Pyramidal shape
  • Year-round interest

The Oak Leaf™ Holly is a newer variety that has quickly become a professional landscaper favorite. It’s fast-growing, cold-hardy and drought-tolerant. It also doesn’t require a lot of care or pruning. They’re great for planting in a row for a live privacy screen.

Unlike many other American hollies, the Ilex Oakleaf will set bright red berries without needing a pollinator because it has both male and female flower parts in each flower.

Plant Facts

Mature Height: 15-20 ft.
Mature Width: 12-15 ft.
Sunlight: Full sun to partial sun
Growth Rate: Fast
Botanical Name: Ilex x ‘Conaf’ P.P.# 9487
Grow Zones 6 to 9

Grow Zones 6 - 9

USDA Hardiness Zones 6 through 9

How to Plant Oak Leaf Hollies

The fast-growing Oak Leaf Holly prefers full to partial 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.

Oak Leaf Holly Frequently Asked Questions

How tall do Oak leaf Hollies get?

At maturity, Oak Leaf hollies get up to 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide.

Does Oak Leaf need a pollinator to get red berries?

No! Oak Leaf is a newer variety holly cultivated intentionally so that it can produce bright red berries in winter without needing a pollinator.

How fast do Oak Leaf Hollies grow?

Their growth rate is considered fast. In ideal planting conditions, expect at least 2 feet of new growth per year.

Are Oak leaf Hollies considered a tree or shrub?

It is technically considered a shrub but many people use them as privacy trees since they have thick foliage from the ground up and can get 20 feet tall.

Are Oak Leaf Hollies deer resistant?

Deer resistant, yes. Deer proof, maybe not. Holly shrubs will not be near the top of the menu for any deer but if they are hungry enough, they may try nibbling on the foliage.

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