Ilex hybrida ‘Conaf’ oak leaf
Oak Leaf is perhaps the most widely used selection from the Red Holly Series. Developed by Mitch Magee’s Evergreen Nursery in Poplarville, Mississippi, the Red Holly Series offers unique alternatives to the holly selections commonly used in southern landscapes.
Unique to all the selections in the red holly series is the new growth, which emerges as a reddish purple. The most noticeable distinction of Oak Leaf is its dominant vertical growth habit. During the early stages of development (6-8’ height), Oak Leaf is more columnar than pyramidal. As the tree approaches maturity, the lower branches lose their vertical turgidity, giving the tree a mature pyramid shape approximately 18’ height x 6-8’ spread that is a good choice under power lines. The tree’s distinctive leaf shape and emerald green color are additional features that place Oak Leaf at the head of the Red Holly pack.
Combining eye appeal with great pest resistance and adaptability for multiple environment conditions, the Oak Leaf is an excellent alternative for providing variety for our landscape enjoyment.
Oak Leaf Holly
Hardy Range: 6 to 9B
Mature Height: 18’
Mature Spread: 8’
Growth Rate: 8 years to maturity
Form: upright and pyramidal
These Florida natives are noted for their full and even canopy; bright green foliage; and large, rounded leaves. Their white flowers are inconspicuous, but lead to bright clusters of small red berries in late summer, which are attractive to birds and other wildlife.
Soil: clay, sand, loam; acidic; well-drained
Exposure: partial sun to full sun