Free Shipping on Orders $99+
(enter: FREE99 at checkout)

You are in Growing Zone:


  Hurry... (Ends in )

9am-5:30pm EST

Checkout Shopping Cart: (0) Items
  • American Holly for Sale

    American Holly for Sale

*images shown are of mature plants

American Holly

Ilex opaca


1. Height

  • Ships week of Apr 7
  • Gift Wrapping
    Gift Wrapping
    Select "Gift Wrap" in checkout to:
    • Include a packing slip so the recipient knows who it's from.
    • Hide prices on packing slip.
    • Gift Wrapping (covered in Burlap w/ included Bow).
    • $7.95 Gift Wrapping Fee.
    Available During Checkout

2. Quantity

3. Extras

-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- 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- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

-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

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

Growth Rate:


Botanical Name:

Ilex opaca

Does Not Ship To:


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

America's Most Popular Holly

True to its name, the American Holly is the most popular Holly cultivar in the country. Why? Well, for starters, it's disease and pest resistant, making it ideal for creating an effortless hedge or privacy screen. The award-winning American Holly redefines ease in a sleek silhouette you'll love for your landscape.

Even better, 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. Plus, American Holly Trees resist mildew, disease and insects. And even pruning is easy!

Thick branches grow out from top to bottom, so the American Holly is well-suited to screening and privacy. Plant your trees 4 to 5 feet apart for a dense wall that blocks out neighbors and noise. Since these trees mature to about 15 to 20 feet in height, they also make a great stand-alone ornamental tree where you need year-round color.

Did we mention award-winning? 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. Basically, these Holly Trees are an absolute delight, with bright red berries against deep green foliage during winter and lush looks that last year-round. 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.

And the beauty of the season-to-season foliage attracts birds and wildlife, including Bluebirds and Cardinals, creating a graceful show.

Best of all, the American Holly grows in full sun or partial shade, moist or drained soils, including clay, sand and everything in between. Although this bold botanical prefers growing zones 6 through 9, it's completely hassle-free.

If you love the festive, eye-catching elegance of Hollies and low-maintenance privacy, this is the evergreen for you. Order your American Holly (or Hollies!) today.

Pinterest Facebook Twitter

Customers who bought this item also bought...

Customer Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
37 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
Green thumb
Hello, my tree was delivery in very reasonable time it was nice and healthy. I planted it according to direction given and as of now it is still green. We will see what happens in the spring when it begins to take on my soil and grow. Thanks for asking
December 10, 2018
2 months ago
Very happy with my Holly purchase.
As always my plants came larger than I anticipated :) Love this company! Packaging kept the plants in great shape, transplanted and looking good!!!
November 7, 2018
3 months ago
American Holly
They looked good coming out of the box. However, they’ve only been in the ground a few weeks so it’s to early to tell how they are going to look or if there are going to be any problems with them growing.
July 22, 2018
6 months ago
Great product, price, and quality!
I received my American holly tree within just a couple of day of ordering. It was packaged well and was in great shape when it arrived. As expected it dropped some leave due to shipping stress, but now at almost 5 weeks in the ground it is thriving. I wanted this tree because deer supposedly will not bother American holly. We have herds of deer come through our neighborhood every day, and the have not bothered this tree at all :-)
User submitted image
Added Jul 22, 2018
July 22, 2018
7 months ago
Growing Zone:
Fast-Growing Trees was extremely helpful in replacing the seven trees I originally received. The American Holly trees that were originally sent did not have a lot of foliage, so Fast-Growing Trees replaced them with seven trees that are full. I would highly recommend this company both for their great products and their awesome customer service.
June 20, 2018
8 months ago
I am pleased with the American holly growth and appearance and would recommend them for growing as a hedge or tree.
I am pleased with the American holly I've purchased,and planted this past fall.
They are growing well since the weather broke from winter here in western pennsyvania; about 4" of new growth in the last 2 months. I planted them along a wire fence line for privacy and It seems they should do there job after they fill in a but more.
June 16, 2018
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Very satisfied
It arrived had a few broken branches but still looked nice. Looks pretty can't wait for them to get bigger we are using as a privacy hedge to replace Leyland cypress that are dying
May 18, 2018
10 months ago
Growing Zone:
Excellent American Holey Results
Love them!! All the plants were delivered as indicated. I planted within 5 days of delivery, The soil is rocky sandy silt and clay. Dig holes 18” deep X 12” wide and filled each hole with compost.

They are fast growing
May 17, 2018
11 months ago
Growing Zone:
Hardy and beautiful in the winter but they haven't performed the growth rate that's advertised. Perhaps after their first spring the growth rate will improve.
January 9, 2018
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
American holly
They arrived packed beautifully. I planted them the next day and have kept them watered and they look very healthy. It has been about three weeks now and they are showing new growth.
October 19, 2017
1 year ago

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

Start typing your question and we'll check if it was already asked and answered. Learn More
Browse 44 questions Browse 44 questions and 117 answers
Why did you choose this? Store
Native to NC and recommended by landscaper
Karel N on Dec 2, 2018
low water fast growing beautiful hedge
diane f on Oct 1, 2018
Native to NC and recommended by landscaper
Karel N on Dec 2, 2018
This tree can be shaped to fit the space needed in my present landscaped yard for privacy. Thank you very much.
Sylvia B P on Nov 10, 2018
low water fast growing beautiful hedge
diane f on Oct 1, 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
This tree can be shaped to fit the space needed in my present landscaped yard for privacy. Thank you very much.
Sylvia B P on Nov 10, 2018
I chose it for privacy and fast growing. I also understand that it is droubt resistence.
Yolanda Y on May 12, 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: Unfortunately not. The recommended growing zones are 6-9.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: The Hybird Holly grows faster then the American Holly.
How far apart should they be planted?
Robert V on Apr 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Plant them 4 feet apart to create a dense privacy hedge.
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.

Shipping Details

Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted

Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.

Shipping Alert:

You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 3, 4, or 5. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.

Zone Map


Shipping Resumes

Zones 3 & 4

Week of Apr 29th

Zones 5

Week of Apr 14th

Zone 6

Week of Apr 7th

Zones 7-11

Ships Now!

Shipping Cost

Amount of Order


Less than $15








$80.00 - $98.99



Free Shipping with code FREE99!