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The Liberty Holly is a care-free large shrub or small tree with a dense, pyramidal habit. More details below!

Liberty Holly

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Liberty Holly
Ilex x  'Conty' PP12009

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

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Holly 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

Liberty Holly is a hybrid selected from a cross between 'Mary Nell' and 'Red Delight' hollies. It is a carefree, large evergreen shrub or small tree with pyramidal growth habit and attractive, lustrous deep green leaves with 15 to 20 pairs of points per leaf. The lower branches can be removed to form a very attractive mid-size tree to 15 feet or more in height over time with no pruning. In late fall through winter the branches are smothered in bright scarlet berries that contrast strikingly with the deep green foliage.

Landscape & Garden Uses

The Liberty Holly can be grown as a large shrub, with foliage from the ground up, or lower branches can be removed to form a very attractive and colorful evergreen tree. 

Growing 10 to 15 feet in height and 6 to 8 feet wide (depending on pruning), the Liberty Holly is ideal for use as a specimen, in single or staggered rows to form a solid privacy hedge or screen, or to frame the corners of homes or other buildings. Great for use around swimming pools and other outdoor living and recreation spaces. The abundant crop of berries make it a welcome addition to bird and wildlife gardens. 

Suggested Spacing:  5-6' for solid hedges; 12' or for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

The Liberty Holly is exceptionally easy to grow in most any moist but well-drained acidic soil of average fertility and full sun to part 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 with some shade. Four hours or more of direct sunlight per day is suggested. Minimal if an maintenance when left to grow natural. That said, many landscapers will perform an annual pruning 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: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub or Tree
Height at Maturity:  10-15'
Width at Maturity:  6-8'
Spacing:  5-6' for solid hedges; 12' or for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Pyramidal
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Small
Flowering Period:  May, June
Flower Type:  
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark 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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