Ilex opaca 'Miss Helen'

Miss Helen American Holly

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Miss Helen American Holly is a dense slow-growing native with a conical habit and spiny olive-green foliage.  A female holly that, if pollinated, will produce heavy clusters of red fruits in fall which lasts through winter.   Best planted in moist, slightly acidic well-drained soils.  Hollies are dioecious and need both male and female plants to produce fruit.

Type: 

Shrub

Height: 

15' - 25'

Spread: 

10’ - 18'

Spacing: 

15’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 9

Culture: 

Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color: 

White

Season of Interest:  

FallYear-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low Maintenance.  Water regularly.   Well-drained soils essential.   Potential issues include mites, scale, leaf spot, rot, and mildew.  Susceptible to leaf scorch or drop if not protected from afternoon sun in hotter climates.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardensWildlife GardensPrivacy Screen, Foundation Plantings, Hedges, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS: Blueberry, Astilbe, Camellia

Image: Photo by David J. Stang, Ilex opaca Miss Helen 2zz, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: Photo by David J. Stang, Ilex opaca Miss Helen 1zz, CC BY-SA 4.0

 

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