Information About Holly Bushes

Dahoon Holly Care: How To Plant Dahoon Holly Trees

By Laura Miller

If you're looking for an interesting species of tree for your landscaping needs, consider dahoon holly trees. Once established, they are tolerant of drier conditions but tend to stay smaller in stature. Want to learn more? Click this article for additional information.

Holly Winter Care: A Guide To Holly Winter Protection

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Hollies are tough evergreens that can survive punishing cold as far north as USDA plant hardiness zone 5, but that doesn't mean they are impervious to damage from winter sunlight, freezing temperatures and drying winds. Learn about caring for holly in winter here.

Prostrate Holly Info – Tips On Caring For Low Growing Holly Plants

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Holly is a great evergreen shrub that adds winter green and beautiful red berries to the garden. But did you know that there is a low growing holly? You can grow prostrate holly to fill in spaces where a normal-sized shrub would be too big. Learn more here.

What Causes White Holly Spots: Dealing With White Spots On Holly Plants

By Liz Baessler

Hollies are wonderful and attractive plants to have around, especially for the bright color they provide in the drab winter months, so it can be upsetting to look a little closer than usual and find little white spots all over the leaves. Find out more in this article.

Chinese Holly Care: Tips On Growing Chinese Holly Plants

By Teo Spengler

You don?t have to travel abroad to admire Chinese holly plants. These broadleaf evergreens thrive in gardens in the American Southeast, producing the classic shiny leaves and berries beloved by wild birds. If you want to know how to grow Chinese holly, click here.

Robin Red Holly Info: Tips For Growing Robin Red Hollies

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Holly plants of all types are often the first go-to plant for winter gardens. Because of this, plant breeders are continually creating newer varieties. One such new variety of holly is the Robin Red holly. Click this article for more Robin Red holly info.

Oak Leaf Holly Information : Learn How To Grow An Oak Leaf Holly Plant

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Oak Leaf holly (Ilex x "Conaf") is a hybrid in the Red Holly series. It has outstanding potential as a standalone specimen or massed with others of its kind in a glorious hedge. For help on growing Oak Leaf hollies and tips on their care, click here.

Holly Fruiting Schedule – When Does Holly Bloom And Fruit

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Holly?s deep, evergreen foliage and bright red berries are sometimes the only sign of life in the winter landscape. You may wonder does holly bloom or what other interest does it have in the garden? Click here to learn more about holly fruiting and flowering times.

Possumhaw Holly Information – How To Grow Possumhaw Hollies

By Teo Spengler

What is a possumhaw holly? This deciduous holly is native to North America. Click this article for more possumhaw holly information. We'll give you some tips about how to grow possumhaw hollies and possumhaw holly care.

Holly Companions – What Can I Grow Underneath A Holly Bush

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Finding companion plants for growing holly bushes can be a challenge. With preferences of slightly acidic, moist soils in partly shaded locations, planting under holly bushes that are more established can also be a challenge. Learn more in this article.

What Is Blue Holly – Tips On Growing Meserve Blue Hollies

By Teo Spengler

If you like holly trees, you might like blue holly. What is blue holly? Blue holly, also known as Meserve holly, is a hardy hybrid holly with shiny, blue-green evergreen leaves. For more Meserve holly information and tips on growing Meserve blue hollies, click here.

Nellie Stevens Holly Care: Tips On Growing Nellie Stevens Holly Trees

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Nellie Stevens is a happy accident between a Chinese holly and an English holly. It has an interesting back story and an even more interesting growth form. Learn more about this plant in the article that follow and decide if you would like one in your garden.

Winterberry Holly Care: Tips On Growing Winterberry Holly

By Teo Spengler

Winterberry holly is a slow-growing bush, native to North America. It gets its name from the Christmas-red berries on the bare stems much of the winter. For winterberry holly information, including notes on how to grow winterberry holly, click here.

Japanese Holly Care – Tips On Growing Japanese Holly Shrubs

By Teo Spengler

If you are looking to plant an easy-care hedge in a mild region, Japanese holly can work well. These pretty evergreen shrubs have small green leaves, shiny and spineless, and require very little maintenance. Learn more in this article.

Holly Plant Fertilizer: How And When To Feed Holly Shrubs

By Jackie Carroll

Fertilizing hollies regularly leads to plants with good color and even growth, and it helps the shrubs resist insects and disease. This article explains when and how to fertilize holly bushes in the landscape.

Reasons Why A Holly Bush Doesn’t Have Berries

By Heather Rhoades

Many frustrated holly owners have asked a??why doesn't my holly bush have berries?a?? When you have a holly with no berries, you may feel you are missing out. Read here to find out how to get berries on holly.

How To Transplant Holly Bushes

By Heather Rhoades

Moving holly bushes incorrectly can result in the holly losing its leaves or even dying. Read this article to learn more about how to transplant holly bushes and when is the best time to transplant a holly.

Information On How To Fix Yellow Leaves On Holly Trees

By Heather Rhoades

Yellow leaves on holly trees is a fairly common problem for gardeners. On a holly, yellow leaves typically indicates an iron deficiency. A holly turning yellow can be fixed with a few simple changes. This article will help.

Propagation Of Holly Shrubs With Holly Cuttings

By Heather Rhoades

Holly cuttings are considered hardwood cuttings. These differ from softwood cuttings. When you are propagating holly bushes, the holly cuttings are taken from that year's new growth. Learn more in this article.

Holly Problems: Holly Leaf Spot Or Holly Tar Spot

By Heather Rhoades

Most holly plants are normally very resilient. But all are susceptible to holly leaf spot, also known as holly tar spot. Get tips on how to recognize and control holly leaf and tar spot in the article that follows.

Facts About Holly Trees

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As you scan a list of holly tree facts, you may think that one of the most charming qualities of the American holly (Ilex opaca) is its diversity. The Flower Essence Society calls it a shrub with tree potential, though it's been known to reach 50 feet tall and 40 feet wide. The Arbor Day Foundation splits the difference by referring to it as both an evergreen and an ornamental tree. The shrub/tree that grows best in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 to 9 may grow best on you for the folklore and legends attributed to it as well as its purported herbal and calming qualities.

It could take months to read everything you can get your hands on about holly tree facts, and you'd still probably only scratch the surface. You have to start somewhere, and this beguiling tree makes it easy to capture and keep your attention every step of the way.

Indoors or Outdoors

Part of the fun of growing certain kinds of holly shrubs is in admiring the berries. If you have such a shrub and it is covered in berries come December, would you rather leave the bush intact during the holiday season or bring some branches indoors to decorate your home?

Some people prune holly in early winter since they wish to bring the trimmed stems —with their holly berries—inside for the holidays. Others prune holly later in winter because they prefer their display of holly berries outside. That part of it is up to you, since, either way, you will be pruning at a safe time, when the shrubs are dormant.


Before planting holly, work the soil thoroughly with a spade or tiller. Dig in compost, manure or fertilizer if soil amendments are needed. To plant holly, dig a hole two to three times the width of the plant's root ball. Place the plant in the hole with the top of the root ball level with or slightly higher than the surrounding soil. Allow at least 5 feet between smaller varieties and up to 25 feet for large, tree-type varieties. Fill the hole about half full with soil, then fill the hole with water to settle the soil and remove air pockets. When the water drains, finish filling the hole with soil, then use the back of a shovel to firm the soil around the plant. Water thoroughly to saturate the roots. Spread 2 to 3 inches of natural mulch such as shredded bark around the plant to conserve moisture and keep weeds in check. Although holly can be planted any time of year, spring or autumn planting is optimal.

Non-Native Deciduous Hollies

Finetooth holly, Ilex serrata. Known as Japanese winterberry or deciduous holly. A yellow fruit cultivar is Ilex leucocarpa, which may also be white, as well as 'Sundrops' and Ilex x anthocarpa.

For the love of bright red berries, try a cultivar named 'Sparkleberry' a cross between Ilex serrata and Ilex verticillata and the common winterberry, Ilex verticillata.

Native to China and Japan, within hardiness zones 5 to 8, and reaching heights of 6 to 15 feet.
A common non-native deciduous cultivar is ‘Koshobai'.

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