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Fruit and foliage

American Holly, Yule Holly, White Holly, Christmas Holly, Prickly Holly, Evergreen Holly
Ilex opaca var. opaca


American holly grows in moist rich soils in east Texas but also does well on dry hillsides, as long as the soil is acidic. This is the largest of the evergreen Texas hollies, attaining 60 feet in optimum conditions. The females bear bright red berries if they are near a male for pollination. The form is pyramidal in youth, broadening to an oval with age.

Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree medium tree

Exposure: sun partial sun

Flower Color: light green, inconspicous

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: red or yellow berries

Height: 25 to 35 ft., rarely 60 ft.

Width: 15 to 20 ft.

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: medium

Water Requirements: high medium

Soil Requirements: acid

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

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