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Dr. Davis Holly*

Ilex aquifolium 'Dr. Davis'

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Dr. Davis Holly (Ilex aquifolium 'Dr. Davis') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Dr. Davis Holly

Dr. Davis Holly

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Dr. Davis Holly (Ilex aquifolium 'Dr. Davis') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Dr. Davis Holly foliage

Dr. Davis Holly foliage

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

Height:  15 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6

Description:

An excellent specimen with unusual, dark green leaves edged with cream colored spines and margins; a somewhat drought tolerant holly; retains good variegation in the shade

Ornamental Features

Dr. Davis Holly has attractive forest green foliage with pointy creamy white spines. The spiny pointy leaves are highly ornamental and remain forest green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Dr. Davis Holly is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. 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 is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Dr. Davis Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Dr. Davis Holly will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 

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

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Naturalizing 
Applications
Foliage Color  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features
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