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Savannah Holly

Ilex x attenuata 'Savannah'

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Savannah Holly

Ilex x attenuata 'Savannah'

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Special Features
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Bird Friendly
Ornamental Berries
Tolerates Acidic Soil

Botanical Name

Ilex x attenuata 'Savannah'

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Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun



The Savannah Holly is a tall, narrow tree that is very different from most holly bushes. It grows quickly into an upright form, that can in time grow more than 30 feet tall, but it remains only around 8 feet wide. Its more open habit is unlike most other hollies, but this tree still has the deep-green evergreen leaves with spines, and the bright red berries in fall and winter that holly trees are famous for. In time this tree develops a beautiful trunk of smooth gray bark, which can be pruned up or left shorter. Plant this tree as an accent point in the garden, as a lawn specimen, or as an open screen. This hybrid of two American holly species is well adapted to warmer states, and it is an ideal choice for the South.

  • Unique columnar upright tree
  • Large, evergreen leaves
  • Heavy crop of bright red berries in fall and winter
  • Excellent choice for hotter regions
  • Beautiful specimen tree for a smaller space

Plant the Savannah Holly in full sun or partial shade, in any well-drained garden soil. Avoid highly alkaline soils. Mulch to conserve moisture and boost the growth of your tree. Once established this tree is very drought resistant, and it grows very well in hotter parts of the country where other holly trees do not thrive. It needs no pruning to maintain its narrow form, and it is pest and disease resistant too. For a very different kind of holly tree, that will bring beauty and resilience to your garden, choose the Savannah Holly.