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| 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