Ilex opaca &

Ilex opaca 'Greenleaf'

Greenleaf American Holly

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The Greenleaf American Holly, scientifically known as Ilex opaca, is a native evergreen tree in the holly family (Aquifoliaceae). Here's some information about the Greenleaf American Holly:

  1. Leaves: The leaves of the Greenleaf American Holly are leathery, glossy, and have a spiny margin. They are typically oval or elliptical in shape and can vary in size, ranging from 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) long.

  2. Flowers and Fruits: In spring, the Greenleaf American Holly produces small, white flowers that are inconspicuous but attract pollinators. Female trees will develop bright red berries in the fall and winter, which persist throughout the season and provide a beautiful contrast against the dark green foliage. Male trees are needed for pollination to produce berries.

  3. Tolerance: The Greenleaf American Holly is known for its tolerance to a wide range of growing conditions. It can tolerate full sun to partial shade and is adaptable to various soil types, including clay and acidic soils. It is also relatively drought-tolerant once established.




Southeast N. America; GA Native


20' - 25'


10’ - 15'



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 9


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MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low Maintenance.  Water regularly.   Well-drained soils essential.   Potential issues include mites, scale, leaf spot, rot, and mildew.  Susceptible to leaf scorch or drop if not protected from afternoon sun in hotter climates. 

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland Gardens, Wildlife GardensPrivacy Screen, Foundation Plantings, Hedges, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS:  Astilbe, Magnolia, Azalea

Image: Photo by David J. Stang, Ilex opaca Greenleaf 3zzCC BY-SA 4.0

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