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Himalayan Holly*

Ilex dipyrena

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Himalayan Holly (Ilex dipyrena) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Himalayan Holly flowers

Himalayan Holly flowers

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

Height:  25 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Kaliso

Description:

A beautiful evergreen tree covered with bright red berries during winter; attractive sword-shape leaves and rough textured bark make this tree interesting year-round

Ornamental Features

Himalayan Holly is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries in late fall. It has attractive dark green foliage. The glossy pointy leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Himalayan Holly is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen tree 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 tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds and bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Himalayan Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Himalayan Holly will grow to be about 25 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 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 tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, 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 species is 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
Massing  Screening  Naturalizing 
Applications
Fruit  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features
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