Rich and glossy forest-green foliage, along with vibrant red berries on some varieties, make Holly Shrubs the perfect option for a stylish ornamental during the winter. Whether you want the more common Nellie Stevens or American Holly, these shrubs are the perfect options for quality greenery.
Types of Holly Shrubs and More
Nellie Stevens Holly
A mix between a Chinese and English Holly, Nellie is admired for its glossy green foliage year-round and the radiant red berries that grow in the fall.
This holly can adapt to almost any kind of soil and remains fully branched to the ground as it matures. The only difference between the American and the Nellie is that the American Holly doesn’t grow as fast as the Nellie Stevens annually.
Oak Leaf Holly
Unlike many in its family, this tree is the hardiest and toughest. Commonly used as an ornamental, this tree will put on a show year-round.
Winter Red Winterberry
Hardy down to -30 degrees, this tree is perfect for Growing Zones 3 through 9! This female deciduous tree will surely give you all of the beauty that other hollies give before losing its leaves during the winter.
This Male Winterberry pollinates with the Winter Red Winterberry and can pollinate up to six Winter Red Winterberries by itself! Though Apollo does not produce berries, this tree still grows creamy white flowers during the late spring.
Sky Pencil Holly
This maintenance-free tree gives you a sleek modern look without the work. The Sky Pencil Holly can be used as an ornamental or can accent your home in rows for a narrow hedge. The choice is up to you! Forget about pruning and let the Sky Pencil do its thing. It will not disappoint.
Soft Touch Holly
These adorable shrubs are different from most in its family. Instead of the red berries that most hollies produce, the Soft Touch will grow black berries during the late fall or early winter. Maturing to a height of 2 to 3 feet tall, this tree is perfect if you love the gleaming green leaves of Hollies but you do not want the height that comes with it.
Robin Red Holly
Unlike other hollies, this tree can grow well indoors and thrives wonderfully in shade, too. Clusters of red berries will last until winter, making it the perfect ornamental for Christmas every year.
How to Plant Holly Shrubs
First, it's important that you pick a spot that gets at least 6 to 8 hours of full sunlight per day and has well-drained soil. Hollies can thrive in partial shade as well. Just make sure that the shrub gets at least 3 to 6 hours of early morning or afternoon sun. Afterwards, dig a hole twice the size of the root ball and place your shrub - it's that simple.
When to Prune Holly Shrubs
Inspect your tree for any intersecting, damaged, diseased, or dead branches. Once you find the branches you’re going to prune, gradually cut them off starting from the bottom of the tree and work your way up. The best time to prune your tree is during the winter, when the tree is dormant.