Southern Living Oakland Holly Tree

Ilex hybrid 'Magland' (PP4,417)

13 Reviews

Southern Living Oakland Holly Tree

Ilex hybrid 'Magland' (PP4,417)

13 Reviews


How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me


The Oakland™ Oak Leaf Holly Tree is a new and exciting variety of holly that has unique foliage and a dense, pyramidal form. The evergreen leaves are a semi-glossy rich green and formed somewhat like an oak leaf, rather than like a traditional holly leaf. It grows into a dense pyramid without needing pruning and will grow 15 feet tall, and eventually 20 feet tall, with a width of between 8 and 15 feet, depending on its age and growing conditions. It will grow in any kind of soil, from dry sand to wet clay, and thrives in sun or partial shade. Not only does this tree look fresh and bright every day of the year, but in winter it will be smothered in orange-red berries. It can be planted as a specimen tree, a background shrub, and it also makes a great barrier and privacy screen, needing no pruning or trimming to quickly grow into a solid wall of beautiful green.

  • Unique oak-like leaves on a holly bush
  • Beautiful evergreen semi-glossy foliage
  • Spectacular winter display of orange-red berries
  • Grows in all kinds of soil and levels of moisture
  • Excellent choice for a specimen or a screen

As an added bonus, the Oakland Holly Tree is special among hollies, since it is able to fertilize its own flowers and will produce a heavy crop of berries without needing a male tree to do so. It is free of significant pests and diseases and will usually not even be bothered by deer. If you are looking for a reliable large evergreen bush or tree, that is also something different, and which you won’t see in every garden around you, then the Oakland Holly Tree is the tree you are looking for.

Plant Hardiness Zones 6-9
Mature Width 8-15
Mature Height 12-20
Sun Needs Full Sun, Partial Sun
Zones 6-9

Holly trees are widely grown in many different areas of the country, with different varieties and types suitable for different climates. Among the many varieties of Holly trees and bushes some stand out as unique in some way. The Oakland Holly Tree is one of those – a unique holly, different in several ways and something really special and valuable in the garden. If you like holly trees – and really, who doesn’t – then you will love this distinctive and unique variety that will bring something exciting, new and different to your landscape.

We are sure that this new plant is going to be a big hit with gardeners looking for something new but very reliable, so although we have good stocks, order now before our stocks run out and we can no longer supply you. Order now or face disappointment.

Appearance of the Oakland Holly Tree

To begin with, the Oakland Holly Tree doesn’t really look much like an ordinary holly, so it offers us a new, unique evergreen bush to decorate our gardens with. Unlike almost every other holly, it does not have shiny leaves, but instead the leaves are a rich shade of dark green, but with a more ‘modern’ semi-glossy finish. Secondly, you might not even think this was a holly, because the leaves look more like some interesting evergreen oak tree – you might even imagine this tree was a hybrid between holly and oak, if such a thing was possible.

When winter comes, however, you will see that this really is a holly tree, because your plant will be garlanded with bunches of berries in a distinctive orange-red color, but definitely holly berries. Perhaps because of its unique parentage, the Oakland Holly Tree has one more great feature to offer. Unlike almost every other holly tree, this one does not need a separate male tree to produce its berries – it can do it all by itself, so you are always sure to get berries, no matter where you plant it.

Growing Oakland Holly Trees

The Oakland Holly Tree is however not just some novelty item. Besides being unique, this bush is a real garden ‘work-horse’. It is a vigorous grower, adding 12 inches or more a year until it reaches 15 or even 20 feet in height. It develops naturally into a dense pyramid, with solid branches from top to bottom, so it makes a great barrier or screening plant. With a mature width of at least 12 feet, you don’t need many trees to create a solid, evergreen barrier that will always look great and not even need trimming. Plant your trees 4 to 5 feet apart in a row and you will soon have a solid wall of rich green, giving you the privacy you need, hiding an ugly wall or view, or making a perfect neutral background to your flowering shrubs.

Sun Exposure and Soil Conditions

The Oakland Holly Tree is a very versatile plant. It will grow in full sun or quite dense shade. It will also grow in any average garden soil, from sand to clay, and it will grow in both wet and dry soils. It prefers slightly acid soil and does best in moist, rich, well-drained soil. It has no significant pests or diseases and it is rarely bothered by deer.


Without any pruning this tree will develop into a dense bush, but plants in heavy shade may need some pruning to keep them dense. You can also prune up the lower branches as the tree grows to make a taller tree with a beautiful trunk, so that other plants can be grown beneath it. This is especially useful in a small garden where space is at a premium, yet screening is often needed for privacy.

History and Origins of the Oakland Holly Tree

The story of the Oakland Holly Tree is an interesting one. There are many species of holly trees and this tree has three parents. Its first two parents were the Chinese Holly (Ilex cornuta), a very sturdy holly with good drought resistance, and another Chinese holly, the rare Ilex perneyi. The resulting seedlings were then hybridized with a holly widely grown in Japan, called Ilex latifolia. From this mix of tough species grew a tough tree called the oak leaf holly.

All this work was done by a nurseryman called Jack Magee, from Poplaville, Mississippi, during the 1970’s and 80’s. Then one day in 1989 he noticed a branch growing on one of his oak leaf hollies that looked different. He grew it into a plant and found that this plant was more compact and better-formed than its parent, with shorter spaces between the leaves and a denser appearance. In 2002 he patented this plant as the Oakland Holly Tree. Our stock is derived directly from that original tree, so you get the exact features that make this tree so special, and that you will not find on any other holly tree.

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Southern Living Oakland Holly Tree

Ilex hybrid 'Magland' (PP4,417)

13 Reviews