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Rake Pond American Holly*

Ilex opaca 'Rake Pond'

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Rake Pond American Holly (Ilex opaca 'Rake Pond') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Rake Pond American Holly flowers

Rake Pond American Holly flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  30 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Description:

A versatile tree with spiny, olive evergreen foliage; full, dense habit of growth; an excellent specimen plant for the home landscape, does best in evenly moist, acidic soils

Ornamental Features

Rake Pond American Holly has olive green foliage. The spiny oval leaves remain olive green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Rake Pond American Holly is a dense evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Disease

Rake Pond American Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Rake Pond American Holly will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Articulation  Screening 
Applications
Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features