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PlantFiles: American Holly
Ilex opaca 'Lady Alice'

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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: Lady Alice
Hybridized by C. R. Wolf; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1950

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:
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
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:
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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:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive wendymadre On Jun 1, 2010, wendymadre from Petersburg, VA wrote:

I believe that this is the holly that is growing n my Zone 7a garden in Petersburg, VA. It certainly looks like the photograph. My husband wants to cut it down, which I can't understand, and upon speaking with friends, I find that this is a not-uncommon if mystifying attitude among husbands. I enjoy having a somewhat mature and evergreen tree in the back yard, and I have limbed it up a little to make it possible to walk under it. It is a handsome tree, now about twenty-five feet tall, or more. The leaves are sharp on bare feet, but not as bad as the Persian holly.

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

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

This tree was selected in the late 1920s in Millville, NJ, and finally named in 1950. This was back in the day when plantsmen took the time to really evaluate trees.

'Lady Alice' is a strong grower, bearing lustrous clean dark green foliage and heavy annual crops of bright red fruit. It is easy to propagate.

This is a very hardy plant, having survived many sub -20F (-28.8C) 20th century winters in KY. If you want to have a serious American holly collection, get this exceptional tree.

Regional...

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

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Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky



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