Ilex opaca 'Maryland Dwarf,' dwarf American holly, planted in-ground.

Ilex opaca 'Maryland Dwarf' (Dwarf American Holly)

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Ilex opaca 'Maryland Dwarf,' occasionally called Maryland Spreader, is a unique female cultivar of American holly with moderate red berry production through the fall and winter. Although 'Maryland Dwarf' is a cultivar of Ilex opaca, which is usually capable of reaching heights of up to 50' tall, the spreading variety instead slowly crawls along the ground, reaching a maximum height of only three feet while it spreads outward, occasionally up to a 10' diameter. 'Maryland Dwarf' is noted for its slow, mounded spreading growth habit and dark, lustrous green leaves, which typically have far fewer spines than upright American holly.

As with typical American holly, 'Maryland Dwarf' grows best in full sun to part-shade and in moist, well-drained, and slightly acidic soils. Male plants are required to produce the telltale red holly berries, but even without berries, 'Maryland Dwarf' is an excellent choice for groundcover, accent planting, or mixing with other evergreens plants. 

Native to Maryland, Native to U.S., and Native to Eastern Shore
Mature Tree Height:
Sun (6+ hours) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium and Well-drained
Soil Type: Acidic
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color:
Foliage Color: Green
Features: Attracts Birds and Winter Interest
Tolerances: Clay Soil Tolerant and Deer Tolerant
Garden Type: Woodland Garden, Small Space, Rock Garden, and Foundation Planting

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