American Holly

American Holly

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American Holly evergreen trees are great when you need a dense, uniform privacy hedge. I've found these plants to be low maintenance and extremely easy to grow. Be sure to plant them 4-5 feet apart.

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American Holly

America's Most Popular Holly


The heights we list are the actual size of your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We do not prune evergreen trees for any reason. Evergreen trees typically hold their shape for the life of the tree and do not require any pruning or shearing.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better, thicker privacy the first full growing season.

3 Gallon
May 5th, 2014
List: $93.95
Sale: $70.46
6 at $66.94 ea.
Planting Mix for American Holly
Planting Mix

Helps your American Holly get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Specially developed for plants that need a low pH. Here's how:

Mycorrhizal Fungi and Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels for acid loving plants. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Soil Contents
Sale: $10.46
Espoma Plant Food
Espoma Holly-Tone

Espoma Holly-Tone is a plant food that is specially formulated for acid-loving trees and shrubs such as Holly, Azaleas, Dogwood Trees and Rhododendrons.

If your acidic friendly plants are lacking vibrancy or are not blooming as well as usual, use Espoma Holly-Tone twice per year in spring and autumn to perk them up and give them a boost of nutrients that they need.

It will bring luster to leaves, bring on an exploasion of flowers and thicken roots so that plants can absorb more moisture.

Holly Tone
Sale: $13.46

Ships at the Proper Planting Time for Your Area
South ships on date above. North ships in spring.

• Ideal for creating a hedge or privacy screen 
• Disease & Pest Resistant 
• Award winning! 

American Holly Trees can be trimmed as a foundation hedge or as a secure, tall privacy fence. They require minimal watering and grow in a variety of climates. Resists mildew, disease and insects. Even pruning is easy. 

Thick branches grow out from top to bottom, making it great for screening and privacy. Plant your holly trees 4-5 ft. apart for a dense wall that blocks out neighbors and noise. Matures to about 20-30 feet tall. Also makes a great stand-alone ornamental tree where you need year-round color. 

This tree received the coveted Gold Medal from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in 2001 for its ability to easily grow in a variety of conditions. 

These holly trees are a delight! 

* Enjoy bright red berries against deep green foliage during the winter months 
* Clip off branches to use as holiday decorations 
* Attract birds and wildlife, including bluebirds & cardinals 

Creamy white flowers bloom in the springtime, giving you a variety of color over the seasons. New growth will have a reddish tint, but will quickly turn green. 

Grows in full sun or partial shade, moist or drained soils, including clay, sand and everything in between. Prefers Growing Zones 5-9. 

If you love hollies and need privacy, this is the evergreen for you. 

Growing Zones: 5-9

Mature Height: 15-20 ft.
Mature Width: 12-15 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Fair
Botanical Name: Ilex opaca
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 5-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 5-9
(shaded area above)

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Why Buy from Fast Growing Trees?

Save Money

Save thousands by shopping in the convenience of your own home instead of paying a landscaper for trees that struggle.

Tree to Door

Receive well developed, large trees and shrubs that thrive in your area.  Varieties that are easy to grow, long lived, and trouble free.  Your plants are clearly marked for size, pruned to a nice pleasing shape, and are delivered right to your doorstep.

No Chemicals

We shun growth regulators and other chemicals that make plants look good in the stores but struggle to survive once planted.

Large Size

Some nurseries charge you for a taller tree then chop 1/3 off, so it will fit in a shorter box. This saves them on shipping but can harm your tree and make you wait longer for it to grow back.

When Will I Get My Order?

Northern Areas shaded on the below Map are shipped in Spring. You can find your ship date next to Your Growing Zone on the chart below. If this is a Gift, or you want your plants sooner, we’re happy to ship them out right away.

Southern & Western Areas colored White on the Map are generally shipped right away unless the product page gives a specific ship date. If you prefer to plant later in spring when the weather warms up, just let us know and we’ll delay your shipping.

  Zone Shipping Resumes
  Zone 2 May 1st
  Zone 3 May 1st
  Zone 4 May 1st
  Zone 5 April 15th
  Zone 6,7,8,9,10,11 Ships Now

Can I Plant Now?

Yes…Your American Holly can be planted any time of year… even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. ;

How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

Additional Info for Those Who Love to Read:

Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $8.95
$15.00-$23.99 $11.95
$24.00-$39.99 $14.95
$40.00-$79.99 $18.95
$80.00-$98.99 $23.95
$99+ ~28% of order

It's Easy to Plant your American Holly

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your American Holly.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your American Holly gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your American Holly again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Most useful customer reviews:
A few comments. First, the size of the shrubs were better than as described: all 7 hollies were 3-1/2 to 4 feet! Second, the shrubs arrived in excellent condition thanks to incredible care in packing them. Third, all the shrubs were healthy and covered with new growth. Last, for quality, value and convenience my compliments to Fast Growing Trees!

By: Thomas in Latrobe, PA
No complaints, and high hopes, shipping as advertised. The holly trees are looking good. They survived a harsh winter - and I had my concerns. Now they have some berries on them and probably grew about a foot or so over summer. I am anxious to see a lot more growth and am checking my patience quotient. Strong hopes, though.

By: Jared
Holly survived the -20 winter and is doing great.

By: Darlene in Virginia
Planted six in November 2011. Since we have had a mild winter, the have continued to grow! They are beautiful and had berries this year already.

By: janie greenwald
My holly trees were in great shape when they arrived, bigger than I thought.
They made it through a rainy spring and then a very dry July. Still healthy and they have some new growth.
I will definitely buy more from Penny and her great specials.
Janie Greenwald

By: Chris
Product arrived today--well packed in a box that secured the holly plants (two in a box) so well I had to use snips and a prybar to remove the stapled cardboard. Items were a good size, about three feet tall, green with berries on them. These may be the largest, best looking plants we've ever received in the mail. They went in the ground right away, and hopefully they will do well.

By: marian, San Clemente, Ca.
Thank You Gina, All 15 trees arrived beautiful!! I planted them on a slop for privacy. Can't wait to watch them grow. I will recommend Fast Growing Trees to all my neighbors. They are stopping by to ask where I got them. All is good in the neighborhood.

By: Anthony Christini
These trees were first rate.

By: Tony Driza
The trees were received promptly and in great shape. They've been in since spring (a tough one here in Michigan) and they have modest growth. Overall, very healthy, and I look forward to next year with more growth and filling out.

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