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.
This tree’s refined growth habit requires no pruning, making it one of the most low-maintenance varieties around.
Once achieving the appropriate height, this plant is ideal as a nearly impenetrable privacy screen. Just try and make it through this heavy-duty beauty!
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. Afterward, it 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 tree with Holly-tone or another acidic plant fertilizer 2-3 times during the growing season, starting in early spring.
First, determine your planting location. Next, dig a hole that is about three times as wide as the root ball of your plant. The hole should be deep enough that the top of your plant’s root ball is even with or slightly above the native ground around it. Mix the native soil that you removed from the hole with some good quality garden soil or composted manure. Fill the hole with the soil mixture. Layer 3-4 inches of mulch around the base of your plant to help the soil retain moisture. Lastly, water your new planting deeply to hydrate the plant and settle the soil/mulch.
For seamless plantings, plant your Oakland Holly 6 feet apart. Space them 9+ feet apart for gaps between the plants.
The attractive, reliable foliage of the Oakland is a dynamic background for many different plants. They look fantastic with some reblooming roses like the It’s A Breeze Groundcover Rose or Red Double Knock Out Rose, or reblooming azaleas such as the Autumn Fire Encore Azalea. It also pairs well with the Sunshine Ligustrum, Orange Rocket Barberry, and most Gardenias.
We carefully select healthy Hollies that are matured in their pots and ready to take off in your landscape. We water them, securely package them for shipment in our custom boxes, and ship them straight to your front door. If you’re not happy with your plants upon arrival, let us know and we’ll be happy to make it right.