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Ilex x attenuata 'East Palatka'

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
EYE-leks at-ten-yoo-AY-tuh
Description

East Palatka Holly is a hybrid between I. cassine and I. opaca.  It is a pyramidal to horizontal and weeping evergreen tree or large shrub.  Prune the plant when young into a single trunk to promote strong growth that is more resistant to storm damage. It tolerates urban conditions well and can be used in parking strips or sidewalks.  It also works well as a specimen in a lawn planting or planted in groups and used as a screen or hedge.  This tough plant is drought tolerant and can thrive in compacted poorly drained soils.  The tree has winter interest with its graceful form, late winter flowers and persistent fruits.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious problems.  Growth is poor on alkaline soils.

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#evergreen#container plant#red berries#wildlife plant#showy fruits#hedges#lawn tree#food source#privacy#large shrub#red fruits#screening#evergreen tree#food source winter#food source fall#urban conditions tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#container plant#red berries#wildlife plant#showy fruits#hedges#lawn tree#food source#privacy#large shrub#red fruits#screening#evergreen tree#food source winter#food source fall#urban conditions tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ilex
    Family:
    Aquifoliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Wildlife Value:
    Fruits attract birds.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 35 ft. 0 in. - 40 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Horizontal
    Pyramidal
    Weeping
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    24-60 feet
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    Female plants have many fleshy bright red berries that remain persistent through winter.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Description:
    Inconspicuous white flowers appear in late winter to early spring.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Broad dull green leaves 2"-4" long with one spine at the tipe and few if any on the leaves.
  • Bark:
    Bark Description:
    Thin bark can be easily damaged
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Security
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Street Tree
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Compaction
    Drought
    Pollution
    Urban Conditions