Scientific Name: Ilex opaca
Tree ID: 116
Mature Size: 40-50′ T x 18-40′ W
Memorial: Laura & William Somerville
American Holly is considered by many gardeners the finest tree-type evergreen holly. Over 1000 cultivars have been named. Leaves are distinctively less glossy than the similar European Holly. Like all hollies, it has separate male and female plants. Only the female produces red berries. It is susceptible to sooty mold. Its upright, pyramidal shape slowly matures to 10-30 feet but may reach 50 feet in the wild. It grows in full sun or part shade. As its name implies, it is native to North America.