American Holly

Arbor walk #69, Treekeeper ID #3034

The American Holly is an evergreen tree with leathery leaves that are spiny along the leaf margin. It has bright red fruit that is easily recognizable.

The American Holly is most famously known for its use in the construction of Christmas wreaths. The tree itself is typically 15-30 feet tall when cultivated but in the wild, it can reach up to 50 feet tall. It typically has a pyramidal shape and it is native to the Eastern and Central regions of the United States. In addition, the iconic red berry that it produces is popular with many birds. Furthermore, the American Holly is typically planted in groups of 4 to allow for cross-pollination to produce the berries.

Common NameAmerican Holly
Latin NameIlex opaca
Indigenous Name(s)
Cultivar/Variety
Commercial Name

Take a Look Around Tree #69

More about Tree #69:

Where to find Arbor Walk #69

Data on the space around this tree

Data on this tree over time

More about American Holly in general:

How to identify American Holly

Relationship of Ilex opaca to other species in the Arboretum

Global Distribution of American Holly

Additional Resources on the American Holly