Oak leaf holly trees

Oakland™ Holly Tree

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!

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. 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.

How to Plant the Oakland Holly

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.

Spacing Your Oakland Holly Trees

For a seamless planting, plant your Oakland Holly 6 feet apart. Space them 9+ feet apart for gaps between the plants.

Suggested Companion 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.

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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.

Oakland™ Holly

Discerning garden design relies on careful planning and thoughtful plant selection. Each plant serves a purpose in a hard-working yard that lives large, no matter the size.

One of the most important (but often overlooked) choices is evergreen structure plants. Look for superior choices that elevate the whole look, even if it’s in a subtle way.

Oakland Holly (Ilex Magland’) is a polished, lovely and improved selection. The Oak-shaped, leathery, lustrous, deeply-lobed leaves really set it apart from others.

Another important improvement is that this variety is self-pollinating. In spring, creamy white flower clusters are fragrant, but not showy. The plant has both male and female flowers.

Not only is every plant self-pollinating, but Oakland Holly can be used to pollinate other varieties as well.

The flowers mature into the some of the most incredibly showy orange-red fruits that will persist into winter. You’ll love the brilliant winter display of bright orange-red berries on every plant.

Oakland Holly is a beautiful plant that was expertly developed from a compact branch sport of the world renowned Oak Leaf Holly. It has all of the best characteristics of this standard; it stays beautifully green all year round.

The handsome evergreen leaves are instantly recognizable. Leathery, thick, with a sophisticated sheen, they are shaped like serrated Oak leaves, with multiple spines. A very narrow brighter green margin spotlights the edges of each leaf. In certain light, they’ll look almost electric green!

Let’s face it. You buy Holly for an evergreen backdrop or screen. But this variety is quite special. Why not go with the best?

Oakland Holly grows fairly quickly into a very desirable pyramid shape. It won’t need much pruning. This is a beautiful, carefree evergreen that will help give shape to your garden.

If you see this beautiful shrub in stock on our site, please order all the Oakland Holly you will need for your garden design plan now. We will sell out.

How to Use Oakland Holly in the Landscape

Oakland Holly develops into a wonderful screen. Just about every yard has some place that could use a rock steady, bright green living wall.

Maybe you want to hide the ho-hum, utilitarian places in your yard. Carve out a spot to stash the garbage cans, or compost pile using Oakland Holly hedge.

Yes, you can plant these in the middle of your yard! Often, people get stuck thinking that you can only plant near the perimeter, but that’s just not true.

Map your yard out on paper and carve it up into smaller rooms that meet the needs of your lifestyle. You may be surprised how much larger your yard seems, if you can’t see everything all at once.

Love Yoga? Make a Meditation Garden for yourself.

Are you a gourmet foodie? Create a fabulous outdoor dining room, complete with chandelier.

Want a private retreat? Ring a fire pit with comfy seating and protect it with a hedge of this standout selection. It will become a hard-working, evergreen privacy screen.

You’ll use Oakland Holly to create the walls of these outdoor garden rooms. With their lustrous leaves, these evergreen shrubs easily grow into wonderful structural design elements.

Can you imagine the amazing outdoor Holiday dinner parties surrounded by berry-bedecked, living, green walls? Roast some chestnuts, call in the carolers, or watch Frosty the Snowman on an outdoor movie screen.

Anchor a corner of your foundation planting with this sophisticated choice. It will make your house look like a million bucks or more!

Repeat these along the north or east side of your mixed borders. You’ll gain enormous winter interest, and year-round structure. Roses, perennials and small flowering shrubs like Azaleas or trees like Redbud just pop against this lovely backdrop.

Now, let’s say you need a bit of environmental protection for your property, whether commercial or residential. Define the property line, guide foot traffic, or deter intruders with Oakland Holly. They make excellent, impenetrable barrier plants because of the spines.

Oakland Hollies takes shearing very well and can be kept at any height you wish, but with its classic shape no pruning is needed.

Plant them 4-6 feet apart. You’ll measure from the center of one plant to the center of the next. As you can imagine, if you can afford to buy the largest container size we have in stock, you’ll achieve a solid screen sooner.

Oakland Holly will grow about a foot a year to form a thick, solid hedge. It remains well-branched all the way to the ground.

If you want to expose a bit of the lower trunk to create an Oakland Holly tree, simply limb up the lowest branches back to the main trunk. Keep after it for a few years, and it will become a marvelously festive accent specimen tree for all your Holiday parties.

#ProPlantTips for Care

While they are widely adaptable, Oakland Holly does need well drained soil. If you see puddles that remain after a rain in the place you want to plant, mound up. Bring in additional topsoil and create an 18 – 24 inch mound. Plant directly in that mound.

Take the time to test the soil to see if you need amendments. Your local extension office will be able to help you with that.

Oakland Holly loves well-drained, slightly acid soil best. Give it a slow release fertilizer for Acid Loving plants in early spring, following the instructions. Dr. Earth is a good choice.

As your new plants are developing their roots in your soil, please be careful to provide an even, moderate amount of supplemental water if you don’t receive adequate rainfall.

Once the plants are established in your native soil, they can tolerate short periods of drought. Protect your investment with watering if the dry spell lasts a long time.

Give them full sun, or part shade growing locations. In the warmest climates, these plants will appreciate protection from the hot afternoon sun. You may need to prune shaded plants more often to maintain a tight, compact appearance.

Prune after the flowers are done blooming in spring. Of course, you’ll also want to snip some boughs for indoor decorations during the Holidays. Prune up the branches and bring indoors for Christmas decorations. This is such a festive plant, sure to deliver lots of fun memories for the whole gang.

This variety is a really special horticultural success story. Magland’ is commonly sold as Oakland Holly, a super selection of self-pollinating Holly that showed up as a branch sport from another hybrid named Conaf’ from a Red Holly series.

This variety is resistant to pests and diseases. Deer tend to leave it alone.

Please don’t miss your chance to snap these healthy, desirable plants when we have them in stock. Nature Hills works with gardeners and landscape designers across the country, so we sell out quickly. Order today!

Plant of the Week: Oak Leaf Holly

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Oak Leaf Holly
Latin: Ilex hybrid

Oak Leaf holly yellows some in the winter but has shown no sign of winter injury in zone 6.

Hollies are a big, diverse group of plants gardeners sometimes stereotype according to previous experiences with the clan.

Stereotyping such beautiful and useful plants based on experience with just a few individuals is – well, wrong. Each has its own personality and charm and should be judged on its own merits. A new one that has caught my eye is Oak Leaf holly, a stocky upright destined to enjoy wide usage as it becomes better known.

Oak Leaf holly is an upright grower capable of reaching 20 feet in height with a spread of at least eight feet. It has a columnar form approaching a pyramidal shape but doesn’t quite achieve it. It forms a dark, almost brooding form in the landscape.

Oak Leaf has evergreen, dark green leaves that emerge purple-green in the spring. They are to three inches long and 1¼-inch wide with three to five prominent pairs of eighth-inch long spines. If blessed with a good imagination the leaves of this holly do look a bit like some oak leaves.

Unlike most hollies, Oak Leaf is a hermaphrodite, containing functionally male and female flower parts in each flower. Therefore, it will be self-fruitful without need for a male pollinator. The flowers are greenish-white, four-petaled, borne in clusters at the nodes but with no ornamental appeal. The berries are orange-red, pea-sized and persist through most of the winter.

Oak Leaf is one of the “Red Hollies” selected by nurseryman Jack Magee at Evergreen Nurseries in Poplaville, Miss. It was patented in 1995 under the cultivar name of ‘Conaf’ but has been marketed by Flowerwood Nursery of Mobile, Ala., only under the trademarked name of Oak Leaf. Magee introduced five red hollies, but Oak Leaf is the one exciting the most attention.

In 2002, Magee patented Oakland Holly (‘Magland’), a son-of-Oak Leaf that arose as a branch sport from the original plant. It has the general look of Oak Leaf but is more compact with the leaves spaced more closely on the stems. It will probably reach the height of the original introduction but take more years to do so.

In the 1980s, Magee planted seeds from a ‘Mary Nell’ holly at his nursery. It’s a glossy- leafed, pyramidal plant developed by the late Dr. Joe McDaniel, a professor of horticulture at the University of Illinois who was working at Tom Dodd Nursery in Semmes, Ala., when he made the cross in 1962. Mary Nell is a three-way hybrid named after McDaniel’s wife. The female parent was an Ilex cornuta ‘Burfordii’ holly by I. pernyi ‘Red Delight’; the male was I. latifolia, the Lusterleaf holly. Mary Nell, a non-patented female clone, was named in 1981. Oak Leaf is from an open pollinated cross so it is uncertain who the male parent was.

Oak Leaf and Oakland are both large plants suitable for use as specimens, hedging or massing for screening. They are too big for crowding in the foundation planting, so make sure they have room to develop. Like all hollies, it responds well to shearing.

Oak Leaf is hardy from zone 6 to 9b. It has a moderate growth rate, putting on a foot of growth during the spring flush and then growing more or less continually during the summer as long as there is sufficient moisture. It grows in full sun or light shade and is not particular about soil type. It has performed well in clay or sand but the pH should be between 5.2 and 6.8 for best results. To date it has been very disease and insect resistant.

By: Gerald Klingaman, retired
Extension Horticulturist – Ornamentals
Extension News – April 20, 2007

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture does not maintain lists of retail outlets where these plants can be purchased. Please check your local nursery or other retail outlets to ask about the availability of these plants for your growing area.

Oak Leaf Holly Information : Learn How To Grow An Oak Leaf Holly Plant

Hollies are a group of glossy leaved plants with an excellent tolerance to shearing and bright berries. Oak Leaf holly (Ilex x “Conaf”) is a hybrid in the Red Holly series. It has outstanding potential as a standalone specimen or massed with others of its kind in a glorious hedge. According to Oak Leaf holly information, it was originally patented under the name ‘Conaf’ but the name was changed for marketing purposes. Read a bit further for help on growing Oak Leaf hollies and tips on their care.

Oak Leaf Holly Information

The Red Holly Series of cultivars feature bronze to burgundy new leaf growth. This characteristic, combined with their attractive form, makes the plants excellent ornamental specimens for the landscape. Oak Leaf is a member of the series introduction and has become a popular and easy-to-grow plant. This a large shrub to small tree is self-pollinating, resulting in orange-red, pea-sized berries.

To answer the question, “what is Oak Leaf holly,” we need to understand where it came from. The plant came from an open cross and it is not sure who the parent plant might be; however, it was selected to become part

of the Red Series by nurseryman Jack Magee in the mid-1990s. The highlight of the Red Series was the beautifully colored new growth.

In Oak Leaf holly’s case, the plant is also a hermaphrodite and does not need a male plant to set the glossy fruits. It can reach 14 to 20 feet (4 to 6 m.) and about half as wide, forming a lovely conical to pyramid shaped plant. Leaves are shiny with 3 to 5 serrated margins. Berries are ornamental but also attractive to birds as food.

How to Grow an Oak Leaf Holly

Oak Leaf holly needs full to partial sun in rich, well-draining soil that is slightly acidic. The holly tolerates almost any soil type as well as periods of drought. Keep the soil moist but not boggy. Infrequent, deep watering promotes a healthy root system.

It is moderately cold hardy and may be grown in United States Department of Agriculture zones 6 to 9 but provide protection from strong wind. Hollies rarely need feeding. A balanced food or acid lover formula applied once in early spring is sufficient.

The plant looks simply amazing when used in a hedge and responds well to frequent shearing. Growing Oak Leaf hollies in a group provides evergreen elegance combined with privacy hedge sharp leaves.

Additional Oak Leaf Holly Care

Hollies are stoic plants that are not bothered by much of anything. Oak Leaf holly has some sensitivity to several fungal diseases, such as powdery mildew and leaf spots. Combat with a registered fungicide.

In soils with high pH, conditions such as chlorosis may occur. Add sulfur to soils that are high in pH to lower it and correct the condition.

Pests are not much of a problem. You may find scale, whiteflies, spider mites and holly leaf miner. Insecticidal soaps or Neem oil are useful natural controls.

Leaf drop and leaf scorch may occur where the plant is exposed to southern light or incorrect watering or fertilizing practices are used.

For the most part, these hollies are fun plants in the landscape. You can leave them alone and enjoy their natural form, or shear them heavily into imaginative forms or professional hedges.

Oak Leaf Holly Tree

The Top Choice Holly for Privacy Hedges

Why Oak Leaf Holly Trees?

The Oak Leaf Holly is a new and improved red holly variety that ticks all the boxes of a landscape favorite. It’s cold hardy and drought tolerant, making it tougher than other types of hollies. Simply plant your Oak Leaf Hollies and watch them thrive – they’re perfect for planting in a row for a living privacy screen that doesn’t require a lot of upkeep.

Plus, the Oak Leaf’s dense foliage grows together to form a solid emerald green barrier, standing up as a powerful screen that blocks strong winter winds and snow. Whether they are standing alone or in a group they radiate beauty with their pyramidal shape and their thick, glossy green oak leaf shaped leaves all year.

In the spring, new Oak Leaf Holly grow emerges with a shade of maroon, capturing everyone’s attention before they turn emerald green. During fall, large red berries pop against the Oak Holly’s emerald green foliage, creating an alluring winter show. Pick a few branches to incorporate the red and golden, emerald green hues into your holiday décor.

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Planting & Care

1. Planting: Oak Leaf Hollies prefer full to partial sun, so plant in an area with 4 to 8 hours of sunlight per day, along with well-drained soil.

Dig the hole as deep as and approximately twice the width of the root ball. Holding the tree, carefully place it into the hole and make sure that the roots are not curling upwards. Back fill the soil, water to settle the roots, and cover the entire planting area with an organic mulch.

2. Watering: Once the roots are established, your Oak Leaf Holly will not need much supplemental watering. Be sure to inspect the tree and surrounding soil for extreme dryness during extended winter dry spells and water if necessary.

3. Fertilizing: We recommend not fertilizing unless your Oak Leaf begins losing its dark green color due to a lack of nutrients. If necessary, just a tablespoon of balanced fertilizer (labeled 12-12-12) sprinkled on top of the ground around the tree will suffice.

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Holly Oakleaf

Oakleaf Holly Potted

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.

Oakleaf Holly in the Landscape

Ornamental Characteristics:

Native Origin:

Common Names:
Oak Leaf Holly

Hardy Range: 6 to 9B
Mature Height: 18’
Mature Spread: 8’
Growth Rate: 8 years to maturity
Form: Upright and pyramidal
Persistence: Evergreen

Ornamental Characteristics:
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
Salt: Low
Exposure: Partial sun to full sun

Oakleaf Holly Foliage

Oakleaf Holly Berries

Care Sheets

Red Hollies Hybrids

A terrific new group of hollies have been developed! The Red Holly Hybrids are seedling selections from another holly hybrid, Ilex “Mary Nell.” Each of these new varieties has its own unique color, texture, color and shape providing new diversity in the landscape.

The Red Holly Hybrids are easy to grow and care for. They can be planted in full sun or shade, but prefer part shade – a sunny location with some shady hours. As is the case with all broad-leafed evergreens, it is best to plant hollies where they will be protected from damaging winter winds. All of the Red Holly varieties are hardy to USDA Zone 6. It appears that the Red Hollies are also fairly deer resistant!

Festive Holly — Ilex “Festive”: “Festive” is a dense, medium sized evergreen tree. It grows 12′ tall and 8′ wide. The spiny, stiff foliage is a rich dark green and shiny. Because of its tight growth habit, “Festive” can be easily maintained as a sheared pyramid and is perfect for a small garden accent.

Oakleaf Holly — Ilex “Oakleaf”: “Oakleaf” is the most upright in the series. Its tall, pyramidal shape grows 14′ tall and 8′ wide. Because of its height, the Oakleaf Holly is perfect for a tall hedge or large specimen. The leaves are emerald green and look similar to an oak leaf. This holly is very cold hardy and adds a strong architectural element to your landscape design.

Little Red Holly — Ilex “Little Red”: This holly is incredibly versatile. It has the smallest growth habit of the Red Hollies as it grows 10′ tall and 6′ wide. It can be used in the landscape as a small, pyramidal specimen, foundation plant, or a medium-growing hedge. The new growth has a maroon color and the leaves have a rich green color and traditional holly shape. Very elegant.

Robin Holly — Ilex “Robin”: “Robin” produces lovely, dark green leaves. The new growth is predominately maroon. This female cultivar produces abundant red berries. Robin is very similar to Nellie Stevens Holly in size and cold hardiness. It grows 14′ tall and 8′ wide and makes a great specimen or tall hedge. This holly has the look and winter interest of an American holly without the overwhelming size.

The Red Holly Hybrids have been very well received by landscapers as well as home gardeners. They promise to become a much loved favorite in years to come.

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