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Ilex opaca

American holly

Ilex opaca is one of the tallest native hollies in our region, and is found in forests throughout the southeast. It can grow well in a wide array of conditions: wet to dry soil, full sun to part shade. It does not do well in areas that flood frequently. It is an evergreen tree; it produces small white flowers in the spring that attract many pollinators, and red fruits in the fall/winter that are an important food source for birds and small mammals. Ilex opaca is great for restoration projects, or as a specimen tree in a yard.

Species name - Container sizeCommon nameStockPriceQuantity PricingAdd to request
Ilex opaca - 1 Gallon

American holly

5 in stock

$21.7810+ $10.89ea

Plant type

  • Tree / Shrub

Mature Height

  • Over 30'

Wetland Indicator Status

  • (FACU) Facultative upland


  • Bird Supportive
  • Evergreen
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Spring Bloomer
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Butterfly and Pollinator Supportive

Planting Zone

  • Temporarily Inundated / Shallow Land
  • Riparian Zone
  • Upland
  • Floodplain
  • Slope
  • Riparian Buffer
  • Bottomland Hardwood

Classification by Use

  • Erosion Control
  • Hedge / Screen
  • Showy Native
  • Stream Restoration
  • Street Tree