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Oakleaf Holly Ilex x ‘Conaf’

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Description

One of the more exciting introductions into the world of hollies is the 'Oakleaf' holly.  This evergreen beauty is a chance seedling from another well-known holly called 'Mary Nell'.  The 'Oakleaf' cultivar is one of five different hollies introduced as the "red hollies' in the mid-1990s. 'Oakleaf' holly gets its name from the shape of the plant's leaf, whose shape resembles that of our native Scarlet Oak tree.  The evergreen foliage is an attractive medium green with a lighter colored leaf edge.  The overall appearance of the plant is handsome.

This holly cultivar will reach a height of 14 feet, with some reports up to 20 feet.  The 'Oakleaf' holly's eight-foot spread makes it ideal for evergreen hedges or planting in mass for screening purposes.  This showstopper is attractive enough to set out into your garden as a specimen plant.  Grow in full sun or in very light shade.

Wildlife Value:  Fruits are attractive to birds. Flowers attract bees.  Members of the genus Ilex support the following specialized bee: Colletes banksiThis plant is resistant to damage by deer.

Cultivars:
  • ‘Conaf’
Tags:
#bees#evergreen#birds#pollinators#wildlife plant#nectar plant#show stopper#hedge#specialized bees
Cultivars:
  • ‘Conaf’
Tags:
#bees#evergreen#birds#pollinators#wildlife plant#nectar plant#show stopper#hedge#specialized bees
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ilex
    Species:
    x ‘Conaf’
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Specialized Bees