This tree is one of the broad leaf evergreens, which means that its leaves are more like typical tree leaves, as opposed to evergreen trees that have needle-like foliage.
In my opinion, this makes it special as there are fewer broad leaf evergreens than the other type.
If there is one negative I can think of about ilex opaca, it is that it is not a fast grower, so you will need a little patience. However, it is well worth the wait!
It is the female tree that will have the berries, and you need a male nearby for pollination. Sometimes there are Hollies in the neighborhood that will provide the pollination, but to be sure, so buy a male and place it in your yard somewhere.
When I lived in Virginia, there were two of these trees in our back yard. One was a male and the other was a female. The male of course had no berries, but the female was absolutely covered with them...it was breath taking! And as mentioned, the birds loved them too.
For more helpful information on trees, see my ebook Trees For Landscaping
This is a very beautiful evergreen tree and can be used in many places in a landscape design.
"Susan, what a pleasure it was to work with you. You made me feel like I was your only client - responding late at night and always so quickly! Your design is amazing and we only hope we can do justice to it when we plant . You have such fantastic ideas and you are so open to suggestions and changes. Loved working with you - now if you could only come to Canada and plant it !!! "
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