SelecTree: Tree Detail

LUSTER-LEAF HOLLY
Ilex latifolia

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Photo Locations: Dallas Arboretum - Dallas, TX, River Banks Botanical Garden - Columbia, SC, Cal Poly State University - San Luis Obispo, CA and Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

One of the largest growing hollies, leaves are 6-8 inches long.

Has fragrant Leaf.

Native to China and Japan.

Trees may be referred to as male or female.

Family: Aquifoliaceae

Tree Characteristics

Compact and Erect or Spreading and requires ample growing space.

Oval Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 20 - 25 feet.

Width: 15 - 25 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Elliptic to Ovate, Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring. Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.

Prolific, Red Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall or Winter Wildlife use it.

Bark Mottled, Dark Gray or Light Gray, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 4 - 7, 15 - 17 and 20 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 7 - 9.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Leaf Miner, Mealy Bugs and Scales, Phytophthora and Root Rot.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Strong.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.

None Known Health Hazard.

Desirable Wildlife Plant.

Attracts Birds and Bees.

Not Deer Palatable.

Wildlife use Fruit.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Ilex latifolia Tree Record." 1995-2017. Dec 16, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/ilex-latifolia >

This tree is not part of the SelecTree Nursery Connection. If you would like to see this tree listed, or know of a nursery that sells it, please contact us at ufei@calpoly.edu.