American Holly

American Holly

Ilex opaca

Featured Plant Category: Focal point, Shade Tolerant

Height: 20-60'

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Bloom Time: April to June

Bloom Color: White-Green

Soil Moisture: Medium

Soil Type: Moist, well-drained, acidic.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 5,6,7,8,9

Other Names: American Holly, Christmas Holly, Ilex opaca

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American Holly is one of the few plants known by pretty much everyone, regardless of how green their thumb is. Its dense evergreen foliage offers shelter to birds and small mammals, and makes for a lovely Holiday decoration (Deck the halls with boughs of holly!). Its bright red berries aren’t edible for humans but are eaten by many species of birds – it’s an invaluable source of winter sustenance for them.

Holly can make for a great hedge, specimen tree, or even a group planting. It’s sure to bring joy to any winter landscape!


Additional information



Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time

April to June

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture


Soil Type

Moist, well-drained, acidic.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

American Holly, Christmas Holly, Ilex opaca

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At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: These boxes can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Direct Native Plants supports the United States Postal Service, so your plants will ship via USPS Priority Mail. Orders ship out Monday through Wednesday of each week, and depending on how close you are to our nursery in Maryland, shipping will take anywhere from 1-4 business days.

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