Oak Leaf Red Holly (Ilex x ‘Conaf’)

Oak Leaf Red Holly

A Big Plant For BIG Impact! This is one big boy! Putting on a full foot in the spring each year, the Oak Leaf™ Red Holly (Ilex x ‘Conaf’) quickly grows to its mature height and width! This is a large broadleaf evergreen with handsome, glossy foliage with pokey spiny-edged leaves that are surefire deterrents!

Oak Leaf™ is the premier Red Holly with charming leaves shaped like – you guessed it – Oak leaves! You might be surprised to know that, unlike many other Hollies, the new leaves that pop out in the spring start out bronze or even burgundy-colored! They stay this beautiful hue for a couple of weeks before they mature into that deep classic Holly green.

One of the best features of the Oak Leaf™ Holly, though, is that it doesn’t require another Holly to pollinate, so you can be sure that you will get masses of bright orange-red berries all fall and winter that birds love and you’ll find looks fantastic in winter décor and winter interest.

Planting and Application:

Do you need a huge hedge to keep unwanted people and animals out (or in!)? Several of these big broadleaf evergreens make a massive, spiky shielding hedge! Not only will birds and wildlife move right into the wonderful protective shelterbelt you’ve created, but those nosy neighbors, the unsightly trash cans, and the HVAC unit, or create private outdoor rooms around your private seating and reading nook!

Even though these giants are a little too big for most foundation plantings if left to their own devices, they take a shearing like a champ and can be kept at whatever size you’d like. Formal or free-form, either way, the Oak Leaf™ Holly will look perfect! You can even ‘limb-up’ these large shrubs to create a unique multi-stemmed tree form!

  • Large-Sized Tough Evergreen
  • Bronzy New Growth Ages Shiny Green
  • Persistent Orange Berries Without The Need of a Pollinator
  • Fast Growing & Great Barriers
  • Privacy, Hedges & Property Division

Tips for Care:

Full sun, light shade, rich soil, or clay- these plants don’t need to be babied! Any location that is well-drained and has moderate, consistent moisture is just fine for these tough Oak Leaf™ Red Hollies! Prune if desired in late winter or very early spring. Be sure to give your evergreens supplemental moisture in locations with dry winter winds.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Clay Soil Tolerant
  • Prune When Dormant

If you need a massive, quick-growing shrub that stays green year-round, then you’ve found your plant.

Oak Leaf Red Holly (Ilex x ‘Conaf’) Details

Common name Oak Leaf Red Holly
Botanical name Ilex x 'Conaf'
Plant type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Hardiness zone 6-9
Growth rate Fast
Height 10 - 15 ft.
Width 7 - 9 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well-Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time When Dormant
Flower color White
Leaf color Bronzy New Growth