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Oak Leaf Holly

Ilex x 'Conaf' P.P.# 9487

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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.



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Botanical Name:

Ilex x 'Conaf' P.P.# 9487

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The Top Choice Holly For Privacy Hedges

The Oak Leaf, or ‘Ilex x 'Conaf'’, holly is a new and improved red holly variety that puts its competition to shame. It’s cold hardy, and drought tolerant making it tougher than other types of hollies.

Simply plant your Oak Leaf Hollies and watch them thrive. With their low maintenance nature they’re perfect for planting in a row for a living privacy screen that doesn’t require a lot of upkeep.

Their dense foliage grows together to form a solid emerald green barrier that keeps neighbor’s wandering eyes away. It also stands up as a powerful screen that blocks strong winter winds and snow.

Along with being a versatile hedge, Oak Leaf Hollies are excellent as foundation and ornamental trees. Whether they are standing alone or in a group they radiate beauty with their pyramidal shape and their thick, glossy green oak leaf shaped leaves all year.

In the spring new Oak Leaf Holly emerges with a shade of maroon capturing everyone’s attention before they turn emerald green. Most people have never seen a unique holly such as the Oak Leaf before.

In the fall large red berries pop against the Oak Holly’s emerald green foliage, creating an alluring winter show. Pick a few branches to incorporate the red and golden, emerald green hues into your holiday décor.

The vibrant red berries attract a variety of songbirds that will nest in the foliage for shelter from harsh winter conditions, making Oak Leaf Hollies an excellent choice for bird watchers. 

Oak Leaf Hollies are putting other varieties to shame with their glowing emerald foliage and they are going fast. Don’t hesitate to order yours today, before they sell out. 

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Customer Reviews

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Holly Hedge
We love these plants! They arrived in great condition and are doing well in their new home after their trip across the nation from SC to Nevada. Love the products and people at Fast rowing Trees!
September 1, 2018
5 months ago
Purchasing this tree online has been a superb experience! I bought 2, gave one to a friend. They arrived quickly, were packaged extermely well, and included instructions which helped with planting. Now the tree has much new growth, and it looks so very healthy! We are truly delighted with this tree, and are patiently waiting for berries to come. Great!!
August 1, 2017
1 year ago
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Oak Leaf Holly
It has only been planted a month or two, but it is looking good and healthy. In a couple years it will look very good.
July 16, 2017
1 year ago
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Oak leaf holly
Very nice healthy tree. Love it!
July 7, 2017
1 year ago
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Nice variety but small in size.
Nice variety, arrived in perfect condition, and it will be beautiful in a few years,but it's extremely petite - slender and just over 2 feet tall. The description didn't include the height, and with 3-gallon size, one expects something a little bigger.

It's going to look small and out-of-place for a few years. Now if you could get one of the mature plants in the photo...
June 19, 2017
1 year ago
Doing ok
June 13, 2017
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Holly Tree
My daughter and son in law, loved the Holly tree!! It was robust and healthy when delivered and they can't wait to get it set in the ground!!
June 6, 2017
1 year ago
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Small, nice
June 5, 2017
1 year ago
Nice looking oak leaf Holly
Nice tree arrived in good conditoon.
May 12, 2017
over 2 years ago
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Great looking tree
Just planted in 1st week of March. It came looking great, healthy, and full. It initially lost all of it's leaves b/c it snowed 8 inches right after I planted it but the leaves grew back quickly and still looks great.
May 7, 2017
1 year ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Oak Leaf Holly

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

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

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.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Oak Leaf 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 Oak Leaf Holly again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Richard K on Sep 1, 2018
Bird shelter and food in winter
Janet G on Jan 18, 2018
Richard K on Sep 1, 2018
Privacy and attracting birds
andre M on May 12, 2018
Bird shelter and food in winter
Janet G on Jan 18, 2018
Color and growth rate
Joey O on Jan 2, 2018
the picture made it look so pretty.Like how fast it will grow
Cheryl S on Dec 4, 2017
Fun background tree with all year color
Sharron E on Nov 26, 2017
ANNA N on Oct 29, 2017
Looking to naturalize property boundary line with native plants.
Karen M on Oct 26, 2017
Beautiful red berries and a pyramidal shape. It also grows fast.
stan i on Oct 25, 2017
always loved hollies pictures looked good hope sizes are larger than some reviews
Jimmy C on Oct 17, 2017
Pam S on Oct 15, 2017
This trees color and caught my eye
carolina g on Oct 9, 2017
awesome tree
john c on Jul 27, 2017
Evergreen and zone
Starla L on Jul 12, 2017
great bird attraction
Aline H on Jul 6, 2017
Privacy on my back porch.
Claire H on Jun 10, 2017
I have always loved hollies and I saw this in a nursery and loved it not the price tho' your price was much better for me
Gypsy H on Jun 2, 2017
We lost a small tree this spring and needed one to replace it. Most all the Hollys that we had in the past were extremely hardy and just about took care of themselves. Yet, they always looked beautiful, especially in the winter time at Christmas!
Susan F on May 22, 2017
Looks like a nice tree
Thomas J on May 15, 2017
Planning on using it as a Christmas Tree in front of my house. I'll send you guys Pictures when its Done.
James B V on May 5, 2017
I was looking for a privacy screen from the wind, that was easy to care for and would create some winter interest, and this tree fit the bill. I am looking forward to receiving my two trees, and watching them grow.
Andrea W on May 3, 2017
Alan G on May 2, 2017
Needed privacy trees that are low maintenance and good looking. These are evergreen and have interest year-round and are fast growing.
Jan A on Apr 15, 2017
I found the reviews very informative and positive. I enjoy evergreens in our 4 acre yard.. My husband enjoys feeding and watching the birds. I will plant one close to the kitchen window and another close to the bay window to enhance our view of the birds. Evergreens enhance the winter landscape and the red berries are quite appealing.
Claire S on Mar 20, 2017
I wanted a larger, broader colorful tree. This plant is not growing as well as the rest of the plants have. It is alive, but not doing as well as all the other . F.G.T. I have purchased. I'm waiting for it to take off.
Gerri F on Feb 7, 2017
size shape and year round interest also good for bird watchers was an asset
sandra v on Feb 6, 2017
Planted for a tree in back yard. Way it grows
James D on Aug 30, 2016
Specimen planting and wildlife habitat.
Waltraud B on Aug 1, 2016
Look of tree
David O on Jul 30, 2016
I have two holly bushes and I love them...They are very clean no messy leaves or flowers that at 71 makes my life easier
Joanne K on Jul 24, 2016
privacy hedge and because is an evergreen...also should look good over the winter
mitchell s on Jul 22, 2016
Needed to fill in a gap between my canaan firs and loved the shape
Dianne V on Jul 17, 2016
For tall corner of house in back yard and berries for wildlife
SHARON M on Jun 9, 2016
The Oak Holly I pick for the side of my house to hide cable wires going up the side of my house. Hope this brings better coverage for the eye sore that is there now.
Dawn R on Apr 1, 2016
Privacy and attracting birds
andre M on May 12, 2018
Color and growth rate
Joey O on Jan 2, 2018
Is it safe to plant near house foundation...would like to plant 2 in front of house each side of front window?
Black Jack on Mar 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would plant at least 6 feet away from a structure.
What is the annual growth rate?
Rob E on Mar 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They can grow 1-2 feet per year.
What best insect control chemical would a person apply to Oak leaf Holy?
Michael W on Jul 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Neem oil extract or botanical oil sprays can help with insect control.
Does the Oak Leaf Holly have one or both genders?
Gail M on Jul 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Enter an answer to this question.Unlike most hollies, Oak Leaf is a hermaphrodite, containing functionally male and female flower parts in each flower. Therefore, it will be self-fruitful without need for a male pollinator. The flowers are greenish-white, four-petaled, borne in clusters at the nodes but with no ornamental appeal. The berries are orange-red, pea-sized and persist through most of the winter.
would it be safe around dogs, horses, children?
marsha g on Feb 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Holly leaves, branches and berries are beautiful holiday decorations, but the berries are poisonous to people and pets. Swallowing holly berries can cause vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and drowsiness. Children have had symptoms after swallowing as few as two holly berries. Holly leaves might also cause symptoms if eaten but, because they are prickly, children usually leave them alone.
Is it self-fertile?
Neville on Jul 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Beautiful tree! I have only one tree, lots of red berries, planning on purchasing another one soon.
can I plant this tree in a pot instead of the ground?
marie on Jun 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I suppose you could for a little while but they grow very fast. Mine has grown about a foot in just the first year.
Do you need a female and male plant to produce the berries?
Merinda on Dec 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I planted mine this spring and it has berries. I just went and looked for you. I only have the one.
When is the best time to plant an oak leaf holly tree?
Gloria M on Jul 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: With extra care you can plant in the summer, by planting in the evening after the sun goes down, so it will not get leaf burn. Giving it extra water and putting a 3-4 inch of mulch (keeping a few inches away from the trunk) to help retain moisture during hot dry weather. Planting in fall/winter/early spring, while they are in their dormant stage helps them get their roots, established without having to give nutrients to the rest of the tree.
How far apart would you plant the oak leaf hollies for privacy?
Michael S on Sep 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Taking into account that they mature around 12-15 ft, wide, plant on a 6/7 ft center, providing ample room for growth. One could also offset the plants if you have the space in which case you could plant a little closer together. Hope this helps!
Does this plant have to be pruned to maintain its shape, or does it grow in a cone shape naturally?
Russell O on Oct 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have only had mine for two years but it is perfectly shaped. It has only grown about a foot so far.
Is it deer proof?
Kathy T on Jul 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have many deer roaming the yard and woods behind my house, I have not seen any deer or tracks around my tree. Definitely going to purchase a couple more!
Does the oak leaf Hollie hurt cattle?
Cinda T on Jun 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I think you must mean, if a cow eats the plant? .... so with this guess of your meaning I can say contact your local Ag extension agent or a vet.
I should be planting my new oak leaf holly today. Should it start producing berries this year, or does it take a few years?
Brad W on Mar 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Mine made berries within a month after I planted it. NOT many but it did make berries. I planted in fall. So I would think yours being planted now will do even better making berries. I love mine.
We live in an area (Northeast Tennessee) that can get down to zero degrees and am concerned that the oak leaf holly will do well here. Does anyone have experience with this holly surviving low temperatures?
quasi on Apr 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Oak Leaf Holly is cold tolerant down to 0 degrees. The recommend growing zones are 6-9.
Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
would this grow well in a large planter ??
Rhonda B on May 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can plant them in a larger container.
Is the Oak a Leaf Holly deer resistant? I have a terrible deer problem on Shelter Island NY
Mark V on Apr 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is is deer resistant. However if food is sparse pesky deer will eat anything.

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