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Ilex opaca 'Greenleaf' (American holly 'Greenleaf')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
7.5m
Max height
4.5m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Ilex opaca 'Greenleaf'

Other names

American holly 'Greenleaf'

Genus

Ilex Ilex

Variety or Cultivar

'Greenleaf' _ 'Greenleaf' is a conical, female, evergreen tree with leathery, spiny, broadly ovate, mid-green leaves and insignificant, greenish-white flowers in late spring and early summer followed by spherical, bright red fruit.


Ilex opaca 'Greenleaf' is: Evergreen

Habit

Conical, Dense

Toxicity

Berries may cause discomfort if ingested.

Flower

Greenish-white, Insignificant or absent in Spring; Greenish-white, Insignificant or absent in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leaf-mining sawflies , Scale insects Aphids , Leaf-mining sawflies , Scale insects

Holly leaf blight Holly leaf blight

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1 or trim informal hedges in early spring. Trim formal hedges in late summer.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Ilex opaca 'Greenleaf' (American holly 'Greenleaf') will reach a height of 7.5m and a spread of 4.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Specimen tree, Resistant to pollution, Low Maintenance, Hedging/Screens, Ground Cover, Cottage/Informal, Architectural, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in sun or dappled shade. Planting is best done in late winter or early spring. Tolerates a wide range of conditions except flooding or waterlogged soil. Best with afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Shelter from cold, drying winds. Fruit is a good winter food source for birds. Requires a male pollinator for fruit production.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Ilex opaca 'Greenleaf'

Other names

American holly 'Greenleaf'

Genus

Ilex Ilex

Variety or Cultivar

'Greenleaf' _ 'Greenleaf' is a conical, female, evergreen tree with leathery, spiny, broadly ovate, mid-green leaves and insignificant, greenish-white flowers in late spring and early summer followed by spherical, bright red fruit.

Native to

Central United States, Eastern United States

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Conical, Dense

Toxicity

Berries may cause discomfort if ingested.


Colour

Flower

Greenish-white, Insignificant or absent in Spring; Greenish-white, Insignificant or absent in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leaf-mining sawflies , Scale insects

Specific diseases

Holly leaf blight

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1 or trim informal hedges in early spring. Trim formal hedges in late summer.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Ilex opaca 'Greenleaf' (American holly 'Greenleaf') will reach a height of 7.5m and a spread of 4.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Specimen tree, Resistant to pollution, Low Maintenance, Hedging/Screens, Ground Cover, Cottage/Informal, Architectural, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in sun or dappled shade. Planting is best done in late winter or early spring. Tolerates a wide range of conditions except flooding or waterlogged soil. Best with afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Shelter from cold, drying winds. Fruit is a good winter food source for birds. Requires a male pollinator for fruit production.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

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