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PlantFiles: Liberty Holly
Ilex 'Liberty'

Family: Aquifoliaceae (a-kwee-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ilex (EYE-leks) (Info)
Cultivar: Liberty

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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:
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:
Unknown - Tell us


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:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive holly_grower On May 19, 2013, holly_grower from Bear, DE wrote:

This is one of the most attractive new hollies available today, with large green, glossy leaves of incredibly heavy substance. Grows rather slowly, and, in my experience, is somewhat shy about fruiting, but the foliage alone makes it more than worthwhile.

Positive Fires_in_motion On Sep 16, 2012, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This holly is just awesome in every regard. The leaves are large and serrated, with a super-deep green color standing out from the light grayish trunk. I bought a big 30-gallon one in May of '11 at a nursery which had it under some shade cloth. I hauled it out into full sunlight in 90-95 heat in my yard and planted it. It literally never lost one leaf (or had one get any kind of scorch or fading) that summer, nor in the winter. This tree seems to grow incredibly slowly, with hardly any discernible growth after 16 months, but that's good, because slow-growing trees are stouter and hence perform better in our frequent tropical storms & hurricanes. (It emerged totally unscathed from Hurricane Isaac, which made a direct hit on my town.) I really can't recommend this holly enough; a much more dazzling alternative to the more common and mundane-looking Oakleaf holly and various Burford hollies. I'm not sure what its maximum size can be.


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

Bear, Delaware
Buford, Georgia
Fayetteville, Georgia
New Orleans, Louisiana
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Vacherie, Louisiana
Brewster, Massachusetts
Orrville, Ohio
Inman, South Carolina

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