American Holly

Ilex opaca

The American holly is a pyramid-shaped tree symbolizing the holiday season with characteristic dark green leaves and red berries that are appreciated by birds. It adds a splash of green in our otherwise leafless winters and is prized in many gardens throughout the DC area. The fast growing “Nellie R. Stevens” holly is about half the size of the American holly and is also common in our area.

Size and Light Requirements

The American holly grows slowly, typically taking 30 years to reach a height of 20 feet. It will grow in full sun but prefers partial shade.

Plant This Tree

This tree is available through our residential planting program, RiverSmart Homes. You can also get up to $50 back for planting this tree yourself through our tree rebate program.

Find Another Tree

All the trees in this guide have been selected by Casey Trees and are well adapted to the soil and conditions present in Washington, DC.

Photo Credits

Gwendolyn Stansbury, JosepMonter, Penny Mayes, Andrikkos