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PlantFiles: East Palatka Holly
Ilex x attenuata 'East Palatka'

Family: Aquifoliaceae (a-kwee-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ilex (EYE-leks) (Info)
Species: x attenuata (at-ten-yoo-AY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: East Palatka


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:


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

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cedar18 On Mar 14, 2009, cedar18 from Lula, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Planted 5 1/2 yrs ago. A nice tree form holly. Not profilic in berries but we may not have the right pollinator. Has grown well in a remote location with very little care through many years of drought.

Positive mjsponies On Mar 3, 2009, mjsponies from DeLand/Deleon Springs, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I love the asymmetrical habit of this tree and the birds feast on the berries over the winter. It will send out suckers and I have dug them up and transplanted w/ limited success. They provide some shade during the middle of the day for my canna's (even they seem to appreciate a little shade in the heat of summer here in Central Florida)
Wish this tree would come true from seed. Oh well, more for the birds!


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

Bartow, Florida
Deland, Florida
East Palatka, Florida
Homosassa, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Largo, Florida
Nokomis, Florida
Safety Harbor, Florida
Spring Hill, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Lula, Georgia
Kihei, Hawaii
Mendon, Massachusetts
Okatie, South Carolina
Germantown, Tennessee
Lewisville, Texas
Sugar Land, Texas

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