Deciduous Holly


Deciduous Holly (Ilex decidua) stands out with its bright red berries that persist through winter, providing a stark contrast against its bare branches. Adaptable to various soil types, it’s a favorite for adding winter interest. Birds flock to its berries, making it a wildlife haven. The Deciduous Holly is a testament to nature’s ability to shine, even in the coldest months.

1-2′ Bareroot Seedling

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Environmental Requirements

Cold Tolerance: USDA Zone 5-9
Soil pH: 5.5-7.0
Soil Type: Well-drained
Water Requirements: Moderate, drought-tolerant
Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Heat Tolerance: Moderate
Chilling Hours: None

Size and Spacing

Plant Size: 6-10′ tall, 6-10′ wide
Plant Spacing: 6-10′ apart
Growth Habit: Upright, rounded
Rootstock: From Seed

Pollination and Flowering

Pollination Requirements: Cross-pollination required
Pollination Mechanisms: Insects (bees)
Bloom Time: April-May
Flower Color: White

Fruit Characteristics

Fruit (drupe) Size: 1/4″-1/2″
Fruit (drupe) Flavor: Fruit (drupe) Color and Appearance Red, round
Harvest Time: September-October
Yield & Storage: Low, store in a cool, dry place

Disease and Pest Susceptibility

Additional Plant Characteristics

Growth Habit: Upright, rounded
Foliage Color: Green
Fall Color: Yellow
Lifespan: 20-30 years

Additional Information

Toxicity: Non-toxic
Invasive Potential: Low
Native Range: Native to Eastern United States
Nitrogen Fixing: No