American Holly

Ilex opaca

White Holly

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Ilex opaca is also known as American Holly, this mid-sized evergreen species is originally from the United States. It grows to around 20m high, producing broadly ovate, slightly shiny, green, stiff leaves which are often paler yellow on the underside and edged with sharp points. Flowers are small, green-white and like other holly species, only female plants produce red berry fruits.

Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Autumn

Fruiting time

Summer

Special features

Attracts bees

Autumn colour

Attracts birds

Winter colour

Special features

Origin

North America

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Aquifoliaceae

Flower colour

Green, White

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