Ilex x Oak Leaf™ (Red Holly)
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Ilex x Oak Leaf™ is an incredibly unique hybrid holly with an elegant, pyramidal form and charming oak leaf-like foliage that emerges bronze to burgundy in spring and matures to emerald green. Produced as a chance seedling from another hybrid holly, 'Mary Nell,' Oak Leaf™ shows off its parentage well with the heat tolerance of Ilex cornuta, the smaller leaf size of Ilex pernyi, and the attractive glossy luster of Ilex latifolia, all of which make it an excellent addition to landscapes and yards across the southern half of the eastern US.
Growing to a mature size of 15-20' tall and 12-15' wide, Ilex x Oak Leaf™ makes a great impression as a specimen tree or in borders with its lustrous, attractively-shaped leaves which emerge tinged with bronze or burgundy red before maturing to glossy, emerald green. In the Spring, this cultivar also produces small, lightly fragrant, white flowers which, if successfully pollinated, will produce a profuse set of bright, orange-red berries that birds will love.