Ilex opaca--American Holly

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Ilex opaca--American Holly

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American holly should be grown in southern Michigan and then given a protected spot. This slow growing, broad leaf evergreen grows 40 feet tall and spreads 20 feet. Grow holly in the shade and a light, acid, moist soil. Avoid heavy soil and expect difficulty in transplanting. The main ornamental features are bright red berries and evergreen foliage. American holly is dioecious so both male and female plants are needed for fruit production. One male plant can provide pollen to three female plants. It is possible to graft a male branch into a female plant.

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