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Oak, Holly Quercus ilex

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Zones 7 - 11
Zones 7 - 11

Hardiness Zones: Zones 7 - 11
The Holly Oak can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. VIEW MAP

Evergreen
Evergreen

Type of tree:
The Holly Oak falls into the following type(s): Evergreens

40' - 70' High
40' - 70' High

Mature Height:
The Holly Oak grows to be 40' - 70' feet in height.

50' - 60' Spread
50' - 60' Spread

Mature Spread:
The Holly Oak has a spread of about 50' - 60' at full maturity.

Slow to Medium Growth
Slow to Medium Growth

Growth Rate:
This tree grows at a slow to medium growth rate. [More about this.]

Full Sun
Full Sun

Sun:
This oak does well in full sun.

Various Soils
Various Soils

Soil:
The holly oak tolerates a wide range of soil textures from acidic to slightly alkaline, salt, and drought.

Rounded Shape
Rounded Shape

Shape:
This oak has rounded shape.

More Info
More Info

Attributes:
The Holly Oak is a long lived, durable tree that will thrive in almost any location once established and stands up well to strong winds. It provides shade for large areas of the landscape.

Description:
The holly oak is a tough evergreen tree as wide as it is tall with a dense rounded crown. It has smooth gray bark. The leaves are a leathery, glossy, dark green and vary in size and shape. The margins may or may not be irregularly toothed. Acorns are produced in the firat year falling in autumn. Holly oak tolerates a wide variety of soil textures, salt, and drought, but is sensitive to cold. It requires regular watering until it is established and then should not be overwatered as this invites powdery mildew. Be sure to keep irrigation away from the base of the trunk as root rot can set in. It may require pruning when young to develop a strong branch structure. If left unpruned it can develop multiple leaders and take on a large shrub form. When given adequate soil space, it does well along streets and parking lots, and in parks and gardens in the western United States.

Wildlife Value:
Birds and squirrels are attracted to the holly oak for food and shelter.

History/Lore/Use:
Holly oak is native to the Mediterranean region. The range is from Spain along the Mediterranean fringe east towards western Pakistan. Other common names are Holm oak and Evergreen oak. In the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees, black truffles are grown on the roots of these trees.

Moisture:
The Holly Oak thrives in moist, well-drained soil, but can tolerate drought when established.

Leaves:
The leaves are alternate, simple, 1"-3" long, spine-tipped teeth or untoothed along the margin, leathery, glossy dark green above, gray-green and downy below. They have a stiff, holly-like texture.

Flower Color:
Male flowers are drooping catkins, female are inconspicious.

Bloom Time:
In spring.with the new leaves .

Fruit Description:
The Holly Oak produces elongated acorns 1" long, green-yellow and brown. Acorns mature in the first year.