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PlantFiles: American Holly
Ilex opaca 'Farage'

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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: Farage
Hybridized by E. C. White; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1942

Category:
Trees

Height:
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Spacing:
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 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
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Shiny/Glossy-Textured

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

Soil pH requirements:
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
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive ViburnumValley On Jan 31, 2007, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Farage' American holly is another of the top five evergreen tree-sized hollies for the Ohio River valley region.

This tree was selected from the wild in New Lisbon, NJ by E. C. White in the early 1940s and moved to Whitesbog, NJ. 'Farage' is a strong broadly symmetrical grower, bearing lustrous clean dark green foliage and heavy annual crops of persistent bright red fruit.

This is a very hardy plant, having survived many sub -20F (-28.8C) 20th century winters in KY. No serious American holly collection should lack this exceptional tree.

Regional...

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

Terre Haute, Indiana
Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky



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