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Maryland Dwarf American Holly*

Ilex opaca 'Maryland Dwarf'

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Maryland Dwarf American Holly (Ilex opaca 'Maryland Dwarf') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Maryland Dwarf American Holly

Maryland Dwarf American Holly

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Maryland Dwarf American Holly (Ilex opaca 'Maryland Dwarf') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Maryland Dwarf American Holly

Maryland Dwarf American Holly

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

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

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Description:

Fabulous groundcover with showy red berries that persist throughout the winter and attracts birds; it has spiny, dark green leaves and needs a male pollinator; does best in evenly moist, acidic soil

Ornamental Features

Maryland Dwarf American Holly is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries from early fall to late winter. It has attractive dark green foliage. The spiny oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Maryland Dwarf American Holly is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging 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. It is a good choice for attracting birds and bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Maryland Dwarf American Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Maryland Dwarf American Holly will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. 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, 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 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
Rock  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Applications
Fruit  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features