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Emily Bruner Pyramidal Holly
One of our favorites of the upright hollies, the 'Emily Bruner' Holly is a care-free large shrub or small tree with large, lustrous, rich-green evergreen leaves. It produces LOADS of green berries in summer that turn bright red in fall and persist throughout winter. Get all the details below!

Emily Bruner Pyramidal Holly

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Emily Bruner Holly
Ilex x hybrid  'Emily Bruner' 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6b-9b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6b, where this Holly variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

One of our favorites of the upright hollies, the 'Emily Bruner' Holly is a care-free large shrub or small tree with large, lustrous, rich-green evergreen leaves on a broad, pyramidal form. It produces LOADS of green berries in summer that turn bright red in fall and persist throughout winter. Emily Bruner has a natural, pyramidal form, beautiful enough to be a specimen tree while growing fast enough to form a privacy screen. Tolerates shade very well and more cold hardy than other cultivars. 




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing naturally in a pyramidal form to 20 feet or more tall and 12-15 feet wide at its base, the Emily Bruner Holly can be grown as a large shrub or small tree. As a large shrub she is perfect for use in staggered or single rows as a tall privacy screen or a corner plant for tall homes. Also nice grouped in landscape borders. A fine addition to bird gardens and holly gardens. 

Spacing Recommendations:  8 to 10 feet apart for privacy screens; 18 feet or more apart for space between trees




Cultural Preferences

The Emily Bruner Holly is exceptionally easy to grow. It adapts to many soils preferring a moist but well-drained acidic soil of average fertility and will grow in sun or shade. Alkaline soils result in chlorosis (yellowing of leaves) which can be corrected by the application of chelated iron and/or soil sulfur. More berries are produced in full to mostly sun however you can expect a good crop even in shade shade.  Relatively low maintenance when left to grow natural. That said, many landscapers will perform an annual pruning or shearing to maintain a more formal appearance or to control size.

Important Note:  Any heavy pruning after spring flowering will reduce or eliminate berry production.



Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for a Holly tree.

How To Plant A Holly Tree In The Ground Or In Pots

How To Prune A Holly Bush Or Tree

How To Fertilize & Water A Holly Tree

Privacy Screen Design And Planting Tips



Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6b-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub or Tree
Height at Maturity:  20'+
Width at Maturity:  12-15'
Spacing:  8-10' for solid hedges or screen planting; 18'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Pyramidal
Growth Rate:  Moderate, Fast
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Small
Flowering Period:  May, June
Flower Type:  
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Rich Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  Yes
Berry Color:  Red
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist to Somewhat Dry
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7
Maintenance / Care:  Low to Average 
Attracts:  Visual Attention, Birds
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Mildew, Heat, Clay Soil



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