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Red Holly

Ilex opaca

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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

Growing native trees has become fashionable and we have an obliging native holly bush ready and waiting to provide evergreen beauty without you needing to grow exotic foreign species. Its glossy, rich-green leaves are always beautiful in sun or partial shade and its berries are an important winter food for native birds. Grown as a specimen bush, a hedge or a screen, this sturdy plant does well in warmer areas where other hollies may not thrive.

• Great evergreen foliage
• Deer resistant for country gardens
• Native tree providing winter food for birds
• Easy to grow in sun or shade and many soils
• Drought and heat resistant too

Most hollies prefer cooler growing regions, but the Red Holly with grow well in periods of drought and high temperatures too. The ideal choice for southern gardens, Red Holly has a profuse crop of bright-red winter berries to harvest for the festive season or leave for native birds to eat through winter.

Plant Hardiness Zones 6-9
Mature Width 6-8
Mature Height 10-12 ft.
Soil Conditions Adaptable
Sunlight Full - Partial
Drought Tolerance Good
Zones 6-9

The Red Holly is a great privacy tree. This Holly is a fast-growing, no-nonsense tree that balances usefulness with ornamental beauty. Easily planted as a hedge or privacy screen, the Red Holly will grow to quickly block out unwanted sights or noises. For those gardeners and homeowners looking for a quick privacy tree, the Red Holly cannot fail to delight them! Alternatively, use the Red Holly as a garden wall or hedge, creating barriers within a garden.

The Red Holly does not simply create privacy, though. It adds to it. The four-season beauty of this Holly means year round interest! In spring, birds will sift through the hedges, searching for the juicy red berries that provide such stunning color in winter. Summer and fall will show rich, dark green growth that balances out the more floral accents of other trees and garden plants. The Red Holly is a gift to its planter throughout the year, offering fast privacy and energetic colors.

Growing Red Holly Trees

The Red Holly has a moderate to fast growth rate of between 1 and 4 feet per year. The growth rate can vary based on location, proper planting, and daily care. This makes it a perfect fit for homes looking for a fast-growing tree. Instead of waiting 30 years to develop a lush privacy hedge, the Red Holly will provide the same growth in half the time, if not less! When mature, the Red Holly will reach between 10 and 12 feet tall, easily blocking out unwanted sights and sounds. Additionally, this Holly specimen reaches between 6 and 8 feet wide, making it an ideal privacy shrub.


The Red Holly is also popular because of its winter seasonal interest. When most other garden plants have withered and browned, the Red Holly will delight with its dark green evergreen leaves and dazzling red berries. These same berries will attract pleasant wildlife visits in the spring, when birds will scour the tree for a berry-filled meal. The Red Holly is one of the few privacy trees that provide both beauty and fast growing privacy.

Care and Maintenance

The Red Holly is also extraordinarily easy to grow and maintain. The tree is adaptive to a variety of soil conditions and requires minimal, if any, pruning. When you choose to grow an entire hedge of these beauties, the benefits of minimal pruning will quickly become apparent! The tree can also adapt to a variety of sunlight options, so whether the need for a hedge is in the full sun or full shade, the Red Holly will grow with ease.

Finally, one of the characteristics that make the Red Holly ideal for gardening is its drought tolerance. Able to withstand moderate droughts, the Red Holly is perfect for those gardeners of the southwest and lower Midwest, where droughts occur regularly. Just be sure the Red Holly receives water once a week!

Planting and Initial Care

Red Hollies grow well in USDA Hardiness Zones 6-9. They prefer well-drained soil that is slightly acidic. Consider having your soil tested to ensure proper growth for the Holly. They can grow in both shade and full sun, so they are adaptable to a wide variety of areas. Find a suitable location and dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball of the Red Holly. The hole should allow the root ball of the tree to protrude about one inch from the soil, which will provide the tree room to settle over time. Plant the tree, backfilling with soil and water. Use mulch to ensure better water conservation.

If you are planting the Red Holly as a privacy screen, simply plant each specimen in holes between 3 and 4 feet apart, creating a row of Red Hollies.

Special Requirements

The Red Holly is an adaptable tree – so poor soil, minimal water, and heavy shade will hardly affect the growth of the Holly. However, be sure to secure both male and female Red Holly shrubs. Hollies have different genders, so if the selection you have is only of one gender, it will be difficult to get any berries! This is one of the top concerns for planters. But don’t worry – The Tree Center will be happy to provide both genders for growing in your garden!

Buying Red Hollies at The Tree Center

Careful! Not all Red Hollies are the same. Beware bare-rooted plants grown from branch cuttings, which will not develop into quality trees. Furthermore, many nurseries will replace the Red Holly with poorer varieties in an attempt to cut costs. Even worse, many times these replacement varieties will lack the very qualities that make the Red Holly great! The Tree Center ensures the proper care and growth of high quality Red Holly trees, cultivated with the superior training and dedication young Red Holly saplings need. This means our trees will deliver the outstanding growth, beauty, and privacy for which they are revered. Be sure to buy a Red Holly from a reputably nursery, such as The Tree Center. Low prices and high quality trees are just a click away!

The Tree Center has a wide range of Red Hollies to choose from, which encompass different sizes and genders. Get the best of the breed by buying your Red Holly from us today. But act now because The Tree Center’s stock is always changing. The Red Holly is a popular privacy hedge and supplies are limited, so order your specimen from The Tree Center today! We also invite you to browse over our complete selection of Holly Trees for more variety.

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Red Holly

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