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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

Height:

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

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Planting Mix for Holly Trees
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.


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American Holly
Fertilizer Tablets
American Holly

Fertilizer Tablets

This patented formula is slow release and will provide the nutrients needed for the first year of your plants life. This fertilizer will not burn your roots and is easy to install. Simply space the tablets evenly around your plants roots when planting. Be sure to water thoroughly after.


Fertilizer Tablets
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• 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 6-9. 

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




Growing Zones: 6-9

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 6-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 6-9
(blue area above)

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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.

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. 

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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. 
 
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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:
By: ANTHONY BERTELLI
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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How swiftly does American holly grow?
A shopper on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: Not very fast. I bought about 20 of them 4 years ago. They were all only a single shoot about 18" tall. Three are now about 8 feet tall and 3 feet wide but very sparse (although there was a cardinal nest in one of them this year with two successfully raised cardinals). Another 8 or so are about 3 feet tall and a couple of feet wide, and sparse. Two died back to the ground but came back and are about 2 feet tall now. And the other 8 died over a two year period and I replaced them. Those eight are really hardy and doing well about 4 feet tall and a couple of feet wide although two of them died so I replaced those two last fall (2013), they died back to the ground (over winter in Illinois) but re-sprouted this spring and look like they will make it this year. So it is varied. But I might add that the locations are variable too. All were planted 8' apart along the back of my property. Some were planted closer to water, some more shaded, some have had mole activity around them, others are more in the sunlight, 1/2 are on the north side of a fence and the other 1/2 are more in sunlight, so lots of variables. The tallest and healthiest have been where there is more moisture, evening shade and are on a north side of a fence. Eventually they are going to look nice, and be tall, but they are slow growing. I do think the taller ones are about to take off now. Hope that helps.
Reply · Dan L on Jun 1, 2014
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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: Not American holly unless you want to wait 30 years and have room for its 20 foot width. I would go with castle spire and castle wall holly or a shade tolerant cedar variety like emerald green. My best advice would be to go to your local garden center and find out what grows best in your area. If you don't see something there then there is usually a reason for it. Be careful when buying plants online, the plant stock is usually not that great.
Reply · George R on Jul 4, 2014
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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.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 7, 2014
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Hi my question is about the american holly how tall or how big is the 3 gallon? I need about 12 I would appreciate your answer. Thank you Tony Filakouris.
Tony F on Jul 11, 2014
Best Answer: Hello, unfortunately, my holly trees have not survived after two years. Please consider another provider as Fast Growing Trees has not been as reliable as they once were. I purchased two holly trees and two maples and none of them are faring well at all, despite my hiring an arborist to help with planting and utilizing all organic components!! Best of luck to you!!!
Reply · Chris M on Jul 12, 2014
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how narrow can they be trimmed to create a hedge? Reggie
A shopper on Jun 8, 2014
Best Answer: I don't know the answer. It is only about a foot taller than when I planted it last year and I plan to let it grow as a tree with a little pruning.
Reply · david M on Jun 8, 2014
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I live in Chino Hills Ca will the American Holly grow in my area? Thanks
A shopper on Jul 13, 2014
Best Answer: The tree is supposed to grow in zones 6 - 9. I live in colorado in zone 5b, but we don't see the low temperatures of -15 as associated with our zone. You appear to live in zone 9 which is OK. The tree seems to be doing fine in my area, so take a chance. I really don't think you will have a problem and I don't think one zone away at the top or bottom of the scale makes much difference.
Reply · david M on Jul 13, 2014
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what is the width of this plant?
A shopper on Jun 28, 2014
Best Answer: The 3 gallon size is about 1/2 a foot wide.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 7, 2014
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Recommend evergreen plants, spacing and number of rows for a visual barrier with a mature height of about 25 Ft, location Salem NH (zip code 03079), that are hardy, reasonably fast growing, and are low maintenance? say comparable to dark American arborvitaes.
A shopper on Jul 22, 2014
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