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American Holly 'Lady Alice'

Ilex opaca

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
Registered or introduced: 1950



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


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


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

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage



Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


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


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


Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.