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PlantFiles: Holly
Ilex 'Conaf'

Family: Aquifoliaceae (a-kwee-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ilex (EYE-leks) (Info)
Cultivar: Conaf
Additional cultivar information: (PP9487; aka Oakleaf)
Hybridized by Magee; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1996


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us


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1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Hindernone On Apr 26, 2011, Hindernone from Broadway, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Tall, upright pyramidal shrub. Moderate to rapid growth rate.

Emerge bright green, and fade to emerald green. Have somewhat of an oak leaf appearance. Evergreen.

Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.

Oakleaf is the tallest of the Red Holly Hybrids.

Planted an Oakleaf in the fall of 2009 purchased from Dales Greenhouse in Sanford, NC. This is a beautiful shrub/tree, but it will need protection from winter winds. Unfortunately we planted in a place that receives much wind all year. Our tree received severe winter burn including the leader. We were able to shear off the lower winter burned branches, and we are hoping the damaged leader will continue to allow the tree to grow.

I would highly recommend this holly as it is quite beautiful.


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

Broadway, North Carolina

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