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PlantFiles: American Holly
Ilex opaca 'Dan Fenton'

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Family: Aquifoliaceae (a-kwee-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ilex (EYE-leks) (Info)
Species: opaca (oh-PAK-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dan Fenton
Hybridized by Elwin Orton; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1987

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

Category:
Trees

Height:
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
White/Near White
Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From hardwood cuttings
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive ViburnumValley On Jan 18, 2015, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Dan Fenton' American Holly is one of the finest holly trees ever developed, selected, and named. Glossy dark green substantive foliage, good expression of dark red round fruit, vigorous growth to uniform pyramidal haystack form - all these are features sought by plantsmen like Dr. Elwin Orton, Jr. of Rutgers University when evaluating hollies for naming and introduction.

This tree is named for Dan Fenton, who was a fine plantsman in his own right, and a founder of the Holly Society of America in 1947. I am humbled to follow in the footsteps of such horticultural giants, and proud to have this namesake plant in my garden here at the Valley.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Owings Mills, Maryland
Parkville, Maryland
New Brunswick, New Jersey



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