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-t- Planting Mix
American Holly Planting Mix

Helps your American Holly get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

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. 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.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ (DIEHARD™) Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 6-9

Growing Zones 6-9
This plant is recommended for zones: 6-9
(green area above)

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Mature Height:

15-20 ft.

Mature Width:

12-15 ft.


Full Sun

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Botanical Name:

Ilex opaca

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America's Most Popular Holly

- 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 15-20 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 6-9.

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

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Customer Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
19 Reviews
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Growth Rate
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
December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
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
December 31, 2012
over 5 years ago
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
December 31, 2012
over 5 years ago
Holly survived the -20 winter and is doing great.
December 31, 2012
over 5 years ago
Growth Rate
American Holly and Nellie Steven Holly
I bought 5 American Hollies all doing great with new growth.
I bought 2 Nellie Stevens no new growth, leaves falling off.
All get watered 2 times a week. My only complaint is after paying shipping on both orders I got an email offering free shipping. It cost me over $100. for shipping. I never have to pay for shipping with other companies I buy from.
July 29, 2015
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
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
December 31, 2012
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
December 31, 2012
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
December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
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
December 31, 2012
over 3 years ago
American Holly
Bought my American Holly late in the growing season, so there isn't a lot of growth yet, but it's been well below average temps and it's still looking great. It came packaged great and arrived fast. I'm totally happy and plan to purchase other plants and trees from FGT.
January 8, 2015
Sedan, KS
over 2 years ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your American Holly

American Holly Planting Diretions Plant your American Holly tree in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. For a hedge or privacy screen plant your American Hollies about five feet apart. Make sure that your American Holly doesn't sit in a low area of the yard that collects standing water.

American Hollies prefer slightly acidic soil, but will grow well in various soil types, even soil that's sandy in heavy in clay. Add organic material to your soil to lighten the texture and improve drainage. Keep your soil moist until your tree is established. Once American Holly Trees are established they're drought tolerant and only need extra water during dry spells.

Once a year in the early Spring fertilize your American Holly Tree with a slow release fertilizer for an acid loving shrub like Holly-tone. Small white flowers bloom every Spring, and turn into bright red berries in the Fall that last through the Winter months.

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Another replacement.
Ginny T on Oct 19, 2016
Need a privacy hedge from the street
Kiran P on Oct 5, 2016
Another replacement.
Ginny T on Oct 19, 2016
Jean P on Oct 15, 2016
Need a privacy hedge from the street
Kiran P on Oct 5, 2016
Anxious to have a solid barrier between us and the neighbors. We are attracted to the fact that the American Holly is a fast grower and is colorful with the red berries.
Lynn M on Sep 30, 2016
Daniel D on Aug 19, 2016
Adam K on Jul 29, 2016
I just love this type of trees
onelia n on Jul 13, 2016
Privacy and they are supposed to be fast growing trees. Drought tolerant too.
D E on Jun 23, 2016
Linda on Apr 22, 2016
I'm growing a natural "fence" as a barrier between an adjacent parking lot.
Pete K on Apr 12, 2016
Great tree colorful all year round !
Nicholas M on Apr 8, 2016
need trees.
richard k on Mar 21, 2016
Wanting an evergreen hedge that is hardy.
Sharon H on Mar 19, 2016
I have been tossing around ideas on different types of trees, live oak, red oak, maple tree because I like color, of course the the live oak stays green year round, the other change colors but loose their leaves. I seen this on a landscaping project, and I enjoyed the uniqueness of the tree and thought was very cool....the colors year round.
HARRY W on Feb 6, 2016
Richard L on Jan 16, 2016
Advertised as suitable for Virginia and appropriate for a privacy screen.
H Sue L on Jan 16, 2016
It's an evergreen, fast growing, and a stand alone tree.
Dean D on Dec 28, 2015
I'm removing some very old junipers that are bent way over to reach light and that have green growth only on the tips of the plants. I'm planting the hollies because they stay green all year and will hopefully grow to a size that provides some of the privacy the junipers afforded.
Gregory S on Dec 28, 2015
our property is 100' across, and the fence that is here now needs to be replaced. what i wanted to do will cost me about 30-50,000. so i'm going to try these first. i seen some like it in colorado on I25 north of denver and it looks good.
Richard C on Dec 26, 2015
Joshua P on Dec 7, 2015
size and food for birds
william h on Nov 30, 2015
we bought from you folks before and had good results. we need a deer resistant privacy screen
sam c on Nov 29, 2015
great privacy hedge without the look of arborvitae; plus native to the area with lots of wildlife benefits
Jody R on Nov 28, 2015
Need a privacy hedge that's pretty all year long.
joseph c on Oct 17, 2015
To create a tall hedge row between property lines.
Ryan K on Sep 23, 2015
privacy and beauty
michael n m on Aug 23, 2015
Seems like the most dense privacy tree fence
Sarah P on Aug 19, 2015
Jean P on Oct 15, 2016
Anxious to have a solid barrier between us and the neighbors. We are attracted to the fact that the American Holly is a fast grower and is colorful with the red berries.
Lynn M on Sep 30, 2016
are the leaves prickly and would this be ok for a 4ft hedge along a high traffic sidewalk in NYC?
sh m on Apr 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The leaves are prickly, but the American Holly grows into a fairly large tree - 15 to 20 feet high at early maturity, and they keep growing slowly to 30 and even 40 feet. You need to consider choosing another plant for your hedge, one that is naturally small. Soft Touch Holly does not have prickly leaves, and grows only 2-3 feet tall, but is quite dense and impenetrable to pedestrians. Or Hetz Midget Arborvitae (Thuja) might be even better, maturing to 4 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide.
How many of the bushes (gallons?) do I need to create a privacy hedge of about 6ft length?
Robert T on Feb 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The American Holly tree grows to a nice, medium-sized tree over 20 feet tall and 12 to 15 feet wide. You need to select a smaller-growing plant for your 6-foot space! If you need height one Green Giant Thuja would fill it, or if 8 to 10 feet is enough height, the Emerald Green Thuja woudl be great - you would need two or three to fill your 6 feet, depending on how fast you want coverage.
How swiftly does American holly grow?
A shopper on May 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: They're growing faster then I expected, I planted them 3 years ago and they are now 6-7 feet tall and about 4 feet wide. The first year they didn't grow much at all but over the past 2 years they grew 5 feet.
Most evergreens grow out to a point, how do you make the tree connect with the next tree to make the wall as shown in the picture?
Steve k on May 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can create that look by pruning. The tops of these trees have been pruned back to create an even height and then regularly sheared over a number of years. You need some good shears or hedge trimmer and a stout ladder to maintain these trees in a smooth, formal wall.
Hi! I would like to ask, what does it mean 3 gallon height size? Thanks a lot!
Nataliya V on Aug 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The terms 3 gal is in reference to the containers size that holds the root ball. On average a 3 gal plant may be approx 2-3 ft in height,
How tall and wide is the 3 gallon plant?
A shopper on Jul 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: They are approximately 24" tall and 6-10" wide.
is the America holly deer resistant?
A shopper on Oct 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I have several American Holly trees and I live in the middle of a large wooded area with tons of deer. They have eaten Tulips, Impatiens and other flowers, but I have never noticed any munching on the Hollies.
Do these hollies need male and female plants for them to produce berries?
Sally j on Sep 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Our holly trees are transgender. They're both male and female, so they all produce berries.
When is best time to plant in northern Illinois?
A shopper on Jun 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The best time to plant is in the early Spring or Early Fall. It's okay to go ahead and plant if you aren't experiencing scorching summer temperatures.
how narrow can they be trimmed to create a hedge? Reggie
A shopper on Jun 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: probably not any narrower than 3 to 3.5 feet.
I want to plant an evergreen hedge along the east side of my house where it will get only morning sun. I want to keep it well trimmed/shaped. What evergreen would work the best?
Rick S on Jul 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I have American Holly in both sun and part shade...I think the holly is more appropriate for sun. I do have dense yews hedge in a morning sun location on the other side and they are great there but they only grow to about 3 feet if that would be alright.
what is the width of this plant?
A shopper on Jun 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: These plants grow to about 12-15 feet wide.
How does Holly stand up to winds? Eastern Washington, 20-35 MPH is normal and clocking to 50 at times.
A shopper on Sep 13, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Fast Growing Trees emailed me to see if I could answer your question, I'll do my best... I'm from Virginia and I purchased a tree about a year ago. It's really not that windy here. I can tell you that the two holly trees I purchased are doing very well. They come with a good stake attached to them that would probably help you. For the price it's worth the chance in my opinion. I hope that helps you.
Does this tree loose it's leaves before new growth?
John S on Jun 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The new growth in spring will push off the old leaves, but the tree is never bare, for the leaf drop overlaps the new foliage.
Will these grow in zone 10, I'm in Miami? I'd use them as a privacy hedge around my fenced area.
Jo F on Jun 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Unfortualey not. The recommended growing zones are 6-9.
will this thrive in zone 5?
kevin s on Nov 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It is not recommended for this tree. The growing zones are 6-9.
Are the berries toxic to dogs or other animals? I have 2 dogs that graze like cattle! I need a fast growing privacy hedge.
Melanie E on Aug 23, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The berries can cause dogs to experience vomiting and diarrhea if digested. the berries also cause discomfort among cats and horses. The sharp prickled leave often deter grazing animals away.
Is this an Evergreen Tree? I love in NY and want to make sure the leaves do not fall off in winter.
alex r on Oct 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This tree is considered both an evergreen tree and an ornamental tree. ... The American holly tree has been popular since the beginning of American history
Which would grow faster a Hybrid Holly or the American Holly?
Dave H on Feb 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Hybird Holly grows faster then the American Holly.
How far apart should they be planted?
Robert V on Apr 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Depends on their function - 3-4 ft for a dense hedge or more to enjoy them as trees
Does this stay green all year? can it be planted in sandy soil? can it be planted in shade?
cheryl c on Sep 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it's stay green all year, but a few yellow leaves during late fall and winter will appear. Yes, they can be plant in sandy soil, but if you will add store bought soil it would be better. I don't recommend plant it in shade, at list part sun.
Can I plant them along a wooden fence?
LisaD on Jul 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I don't know. I planted my trees in the open in front of our portico. They get full sun and wind all day and have little protection from elements. They stayed dormant last winter, but with the help of fertilizer, have really taken off this spring and summer.
How long does it take to mature?
Karmel W on Apr 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They can grow 2 feet a year.
What type of grower ? Slow, moderate, etc
Tish O on Mar 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hollies are typically considered slow growers
What is the growth rate?
Dee P on Jan 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Very slow...specimen has remained quite healthy but has only grown a couple of inches within the first year
Will American Holly grow in Lafayette, IN? The climate ranges from humid to dry.
TLC-S on Nov 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 6-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
How many American holly would I need to buy? How many do u get when u purchase?
Rebecca D on Oct 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: How many you purchase depends on what you are planning on using them for and the area that you need to cover. We sell them individually. Feel free to contact us directly if you have more questions. We can be reached at 1-888-504-2001.
I also have 175 feet of coverage and want a fast growing hedge tree plant about 10feet high. How many do I need and how fast will it grow, Fresno Calif?
Chris P on Aug 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I bought an American Holly in June last year, It is twice bigger now. I would expect it will grow to 10feet in 3 years. However, this tree is supposed to grow to 15 feet high. You may need 12 of them for a 175 feet hedge.

I hope this helps. Thanks.
Are the berries poisonous to pets (dogs)?
Isaac R on Jun 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: According to the ASPCA and other pet poisonous plant websites, the berries can be toxic. I have a giant breed dog, and he does not eat the berries and neither does the cat. I am NOT an expert - just sharing my experience.
Do they require a lot of water? I'm looking or drought resistant plants that don't require a lot of water.
Coral on Oct 23, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The American Holly is one of the more drought tolerant plants.

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