The Oakland Holly from the Southern Living Plant Collection is perfect for adding some reliable structure to your landscape! This evergreen grows in a naturally rigid, upright structure. Additionally, its leaves are oak-shaped and dark green, outlined with a light green edge.
In late winter, the iconic festive red berries characteristic of hollies appear, providing some fantastic seasonal interest. Additionally, birds enjoy these berries immensely, as well as the reliable shelter created by the Oakland Holly.
This tree’s refined growth habit requires no pruning, making it one of the most low-maintenance varieties around.
Once achieving the appropriate height, the Oakland Holly is ideal as a nearly impenetrable privacy screen. Just try and make it through this heavy-duty beauty!
Oakland Holly Care
Hardy from USDA Zones 6-9, down to -10°F when completely established.
Grows best in Full Sun to Part Shade. Furthermore, provide at least 4-5 hours of sun daily to ensure that its foliage is dense and attractive.
Water 2-3 times per week during the first growing season. During its second season, water 1-2 times per week depending on the weather.
Afterwards, the Oakland Holly only needs supplementary water during times of extreme heat and drought.
Plant in slightly acidic soil for best results. If your soil is too alkaline, mix in some elemental sulfur to lower its pH.
Fertilize your Oakland Holly with Holly-tone or another acidic plant fertilizer 2-3 times during the growing season, starting in early spring.
How To Space Your Oakland Holly
For a seamless planting, plant your Oakland Holly 6 feet apart. Space them 12 feet apart for gaps between the plants.