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Our holly trees have been selected for use as privacy screens and landscape specimens. Holly Trees have pleasing green foliage all year, mildly fragrant white flowers in summer which turn into vibrant red berries from fall through winter. Holly Trees branches have been used as a decoration for wreaths and fireplace mantles during the holidays for centuries.

Not only are the berries very attractive, but they also attract brightly colored birds to your garden during the winter months. Holly trees are fast-growing and disease-free. Once established, they require little attention or care, and holly trees are ideal for use as specimen trees or planted in groups of three or more. Hollies can also be planted in straight or staggered rows to create a dense privacy hedge, windbreak, or noise buffer near busy roadways.

The two most common types of Holly trees planted in the United States are the American Holly or Ilex opaca and Nellie Stevens Holly. Both trees offer ornamental features such as bright red berries and can be used for privacy as well.

Holly Trees are most often associated with the winter season due to being used in all decorations. Hollies should also be on your list of perfect privacy trees, as well. When they are correctly spaced, Holly Trees can also be used to create a dense privacy hedge.

The two most common types of Holly planted in the United States are American Holly or Ilex opaca and Nellie Stevens Holly. Both species offer ornamental features such as bright red berries, but these both offer privacy as well.

Fast-Growing Holly Trees

Some Holly Trees are also fast-growing, with Nellie Stevens Holly topping the list at up to 3 feet per year. Hollies can also be planted individually as specimen trees, which can be used to draw attention to otherwise unnoticed areas of the landscape, especially in the winter, when the bright red berries stand out against the dark green leaves even at a distance.

Holly Trees are easily adaptable and easy to grow in most soil and light conditions. In Maryland, American hollies can be seen growing in our shaded woods under the canopies of larger deciduous trees.

Ilex opaca, the American Holly, is a species of Holly that is native to the eastern and south-central United States. They can be found from coastal Massachusetts, south to central Florida, and west to southeastern Missouri and east Texas. The American Holly is also the state tree of Delaware. This is the Original Christmas Holly, whose berry-laden branches are collected and used as decorations during the holidays.

Why Should You Plant Holly Trees on Your Property?

Holly trees are beautiful plants with thick, dark green foliage that lasts year-round. On top of this luscious color, holly trees produce red berries in the fall and winter, adding a pop of color to gardens during the colder months. These evergreen trees offer interest over multiple seasons. Holly trees are considered to be both evergreen and ornamental trees.

Holly Trees Provide Food for Songbirds

The bright red berries also feed birds and other animals during the winter. On top of this, hollies are highly functional garden plants. With thick, dark green foliage, holly trees can be trimmed to make excellent privacy screens and windbreaks, providing habitat for the same birds and wildlife they feed. The flowers are also attractive to honeybees.

Hollies are also reasonably hardy trees that require minimal effort due to their resistance to diseases and pests. The American Holly, especially, shows resistance to most plant diseases, making it an excellent choice for beginning gardeners looking for some color in their garden.

Holly Trees are well suited for different climates and drought tolerance with a wide range of growing zones, typically USDA hardiness Zones 6 through 9). Their root system is substantial and will provide an anchor as Holly Trees grow. We recommend that Holly Trees be planted in groups of three, if possible, to increase their berry production.

The American holly tree has been famous throughout American history, having served the Native Americans with wood for many different applications including bows and arrows. It was said to be a favorite of George Washington, and more than a dozen holly trees that he planted are still evident today at Mt. Vernon. It is also widely known as the primary raw material for Christmas decorations.

How to Plant Holly Trees

To plant your tree, dig a hole two to three times the width of the tree'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 trees for a hedge and up to 25 feet for large specimen trees. Holly trees grow 1 to 3 feet per year, depending on which type you choose. For detailed planting instructions see our Holly Planting Guide.

When to Plant hollies: Holly trees can be planted just about any time of the year. In summer, make sure to water at least twice to three times per week for the first few weeks.

Are Hollies Deer-resistant


Holly Plants are typically very disease and pest-resistant. The spiny or serrated leaves make the tree deer resistant.

Most Hollies need both female and male plants to produce berries. Nellie Stevens Holly has both male and female flowers on the same plant, so no pollinator is required for berries.

How Do You Care for Your Holly Trees?

Holly trees are a widely adaptable species of plants that are easy to care for once they’re established. Though there are some variations from species to species, holly trees grow well in full sunlight and light shade and tend to prefer moist yet well-drained soil. When first planting a holly tree, fertilize the ground before planting. We've found Holly-Tone by Espoma to be the perfect all-around holly fertilizer.

How to Trim A Holly Tree

Holly tree trimming and pruning should take place in late winter or early spring. This will have less of an effect on the holly tree’s growth rate and will not affect berry production.

Where Should I Plant My Holly Tree?

Hollies look beautiful when planted as a hedge or screen in your garden. You can also plant them as an accent plant or a specimen. Their foliage and fruit provide great contrast and color for a winter landscape. 

Are Holly Trees Susceptible To Diseases?

Your holly tree could run into a few insect problems such as holly leaf miner, spider mites, spittlebugs, whitefly, and scale. Potential disease problems could include leaf spots, leaf rot, powdery mildew, etc. To avoid these issues, always keep a close eye on your tree. If you notice any unfamiliar bugs, discoloration, or leggy growth, you should look further into the issue. If your tree has a mild infestation, you can spray it with a mix of water and dish soap, and that will get rid of any pests. If it is more severe, you will need to use a pesticide. However, be careful when using pesticides; they could interfere with pollinators and hurt the ecosystem in the long term.