Ilex x ‘Conaf’
- Common Name(s):
- Oak leaf holly, Oakleaf holly
- Shrubs, Trees
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 banksi. This plant is resistant to damage by deer.
- 14 feet
- Oak shaped leaf. Ornamental berries. In spring, leaves are bronze to burgundy in color and retain color for several weeks.
- 6 to 9
- 8 feet
- Growth Rate:
- Oak shaped leaf.
NCCES plant id: 3089