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Jersey Knight American Holly

Ilex opaca 'Jersey Knight'

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Jersey Knight American Holly

Ilex opaca 'Jersey Knight'

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Special Features
Zone Map
Deer Resistant
Tolerates Acidic Soil
Winter Color

Botanical Name

Ilex opaca 'Jersey Knight'

Outdoor Growing zone


Mature Height


Mature Width


Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun

The Jersey Knight American Holly is a reliable evergreen bush, that will soon grow to at least 8 feet and ultimately pass 20 feet tall, if untrimmed. It has a particularly dense habit, with branches to the ground until it is mature, or permanently if it is regularly trimmed. The leaves are exceptionally dark, and a rich, glossy green. Plant it as a hedge or a lawn specimen, at the back of large shrub beds or on the edges of woodland areas. This is a male tree and an excellent pollinator for almost all varieties of female holly trees, bringing big crops of red berries to them.

  • Dense, full evergreen bush or small tree
  • Exceptionally dark foliage
  • Excellent for hedges and lawn specimens
  • Pollinates many berry-carrying holly bushes
  • Drought resistant

Grow the Jersey Knight American Holly in full sun or partial shade, from zone 5 to zone 9. Plenty of sun in northern areas, and afternoon shade in the south is ideal. Plant it in rich, moist, well-drained garden soil, and this tough tree grows well in most gardens, being drought-resistant once it is established. Avoid wet areas and standing water. Pests and diseases are rare, and deer usually avoid it. Trim in late spring and late summer, if needed.

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