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American Holly

Ilex opaca


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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.

Coarse 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™ 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
-t- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breather while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 6ft. round size makes it easy to protect sensitive container plants.

-t- TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

Tree Gator
-t- Root Rocket™ Launcher
Root Rocket Launcher

Explosive Growth for All of Your Plants

Rocket your lawn and plants to new heights with Root Rocket™ Launcher! All-natural and all-in on healthful benefits, Root Rocket™ is a propriety blend of nutrients that have been horticulturalist-tested and proven to help young plants transition from nursery to soil or a more permanent container. Root Rocket™ Launcher improves on that special mix with a water-soluble twist – so your lawn and garden can now be sprayed with the naturally-crafted solution you love for soil. And this pre-made care package in a handy drawstring bag makes it all the more effortless to keep your plants lush and vibrant, with the following items included: Root Rocket™ Launcher solution Root Rocket™ Launcher spray bottle 50-ft. nylon retractable hose


Growing Zones: 6-9
(hardy down to 0℉)

Growing Zones 6-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

15-20 ft.

Mature Width:

12-15 ft.


Full Sun


4-5 ft.

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Drought Tolerance:


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Ilex opaca

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Don't Buy Bare-Root Trees (learn why below)

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
35 Reviews
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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
January 1, 2013
over 6 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
January 1, 2013
over 7 years ago
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
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
Holly survived the -20 winter and is doing great.
January 1, 2013
over 7 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
January 1, 2013
over 6 years ago
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
January 1, 2013
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
January 1, 2013
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
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
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
January 1, 2013
over 6 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 3 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.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
I chose it for privacy and fast growing. I also understand that it is droubt resistence.
Yolanda Y on May 12, 2018
To put between our home and neibora as a fence
David and Dawn D on Apr 12, 2018
I chose it for privacy and fast growing. I also understand that it is droubt resistence.
Yolanda Y on May 12, 2018
privacy hedge
jen p on Apr 13, 2018
To put between our home and neibora as a fence
David and Dawn D on Apr 12, 2018
Planting a hedge around an apiary.
Michael P on Apr 9, 2018
Privacy and deer resistent.
Geraldine A on Mar 19, 2018
We want an evergreen hedge that doesn't appeal to the deer. Also appreciated the bushes we ordered in the past. The packaging is well-done. Thank you.
Terrea B on Mar 13, 2018
i have a couple in my backyard that i planted years ago and they have performed really well. We recently had a hard freeze and i lost all of my bottle-brush, therefore i wanted something hearty that would withstand the winters and provided a great deal of privacy.
Bruce W on Feb 26, 2018
I purchased today because the free shipping promotion that doesn’t reflects on my billing.
John H on Feb 19, 2018
I need privacy in my backyard in Florida where neighbors are in close proximity. The fact that I have pool parties and the neighbors have young kids is one of the reasons I need privacy.
Hope E. G on Feb 10, 2018
Parents wanted for privacy
Heidi M on Dec 12, 2017
Great pricing and free shippong
Marjorie H on Nov 26, 2017
Deer Resistant
David B on Nov 15, 2017
For privacy along the fence line.
charles L on Nov 10, 2017
Beautiful trees and should make for good privacy.
Tracie H on Oct 26, 2017
Need to block out a water tank two lots over.
Lei S on Oct 24, 2017
We bought these to grow a privacy hedge.
Dez S on Oct 23, 2017
I am going to build a natural green fence. Hoping for some fast results.
Enrique P on Oct 21, 2017
hollies have traditionally been very hardy plants
walter r on Oct 15, 2017
Great privacy and great value
Jesus M on Oct 13, 2017
Native to most states in particular the east where I'm located.
Richard K on Oct 3, 2017
Chose this site because of good customer reviews and the free shipping promo.
Terrea B on Sep 23, 2017
Philip C on Aug 1, 2017
Couldn't find any nursery in my area that was carrying the American holly , Morris Holly, Arcadia Holly
That I need for a privacy barrier and a Holly that is deer deterrent
James H on Jul 13, 2017
To grow a front yard hedge line that will provide privacy from the street for my living room windows.
Ryan B on Jun 23, 2017
privacy for our pool area and hardiness
Laura Z on May 21, 2017
this is a lovely evergreen
Brenda W on Apr 7, 2017
I have wanted an american holly for years, but rarely saw them for sale. In Ohio at the Otto Schoeple gardens there is a huge harem of american hollies. The mature trees are absolutely beautiful. As a bird watcher, I appreciate the shelter and food that the american holly offers to the birds. Late winter robins and cedar waxwings love the berries.
DeRail J on Apr 3, 2017
We wanted something fast growing for privacy
Kathryn S on Mar 26, 2017
looks great
Anna W on Mar 19, 2017
nice change from evergreen
Judy L on Mar 5, 2017
I've had this tree in other locations and really liked it. It's hardy, attractive, and the birds love it.
Stephen H on Mar 4, 2017
I need them at our cemetary.
John C on Feb 10, 2017
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
privacy hedge
jen p on Apr 13, 2018
Planting a hedge around an apiary.
Michael P on Apr 9, 2018
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.
Could you use this for a privacy hedge but keep it trimmed to 6-8 feet?
Jeremy B on Jan 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I seen holly used this way successfully, although I've never tried it myself.
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.
How swiftly does American holly grow?
A shopper on May 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I have had these for 4 years and they have grown about 4 ft about 1 ft per year. Wee do top them so they spread out. We love these and the privacy they provide.
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.
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.
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.
Will I get red berries with just one plant. In other words, are they self-pollinating?
Kim W on Oct 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Our tree came with red berries. Only had the tree 1 year, so not sure we will get berries again.
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.
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.
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.
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: The American Holly is very hardy and acts as a wind block. You should not have any issues with it.
what is the width of this plant?
A shopper on Jun 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: These plants grow to about 12-15 feet wide.
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
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.
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.
Does the American Holly help block any road noise? We live beside an interstate and want to plant these for privacy and noise reduction!!...
Matt S on Mar 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes they will help as privacy as well as noise reduction.
I love the look of the holly, but have a question about maintaining. I understand trimming the front side, but how do I trim the back side and the part that would be on my neighbor's side above the fence line? I don't want angry neighbors!
Gina W on Sep 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You would trim as the back as you would the front. Take care to prune branches only back to a growth bud – if you completely remove a holly branch or stem, it may not grow back in.
What is the growth rate?
Dee P on Jan 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They can grow 1-2 feet a year
How invasive are the roots can I plant it near a wall or a sunroom?
Lenn V on Dec 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes just plant them 5-6 feet away from the wall or sunroom.
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.
Which would grow faster a Hybrid Holly or the American Holly?
Dave H on Feb 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I've purchased both. The hybrid grows faster for me.
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
Is this a plant that can be safely grown on or near a drain field?
LACIE D on Jan 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No tree should be planted on a drain field. And The most conservative position is that no tree should be planted within 50 to 100 feet of a Drainfield. But I planted two American hollys within 25 feet of our drainfield.
Would these be alright to plant in early October in Southern Illinois? Located 30 miles southeast of St. Louis.
Idryfly5 on Oct 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes fall is a great time for planting.
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.
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
We would like a Hollyberry tree between our front living room windows in the flower bed. Which breed do you recommend? Can the American holly be shaped to be a tree instead of a shrub or privacy barrier?
Jennifer B on Feb 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If left alone, American holly will be a tree. In fact I've had them reach forty feet in height. Not really a good plant to use close to the house.

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