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Holly - Oak Leaf (TM) 'CONAF' / Size 2
Ilex (CONAF) Oak Leaf Holly

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Our Price: $12.95

Product Code: HOLOAK2

Ilex x 'CONAF' Oak Leaf (TM) Holly
Plant Patent # 9487

Overall Description

Oak Leaf (TM) ( CONAF) Holly is a beautiful hybrid holly, and a member of the Red Series of hybrid holly cultivars. Originally developed as a seedling selection of the 'Mary Nell' Holly, it is a female clone holly that produces good numbers of red colored berries in winter if pollinated properly. Oak Leaf (TM) Holly is known for it's superior evergreen foliage, which closely resembles the shape of most oaks. Leaves are moderately serrated, and have distinct lobes similar to that of an oak leaf. New growth is often a reddish / burgundy color - which is pretty much a standard for all Red Series Holly varieties, and gradually matures into a deep glossy dark green color.

Growth habit is upright, with a broad pyramidal shape towards maturity. Shape for this variety is nice & clean, but can be further shaped through trimming if desired. Uses include hedging, screens, and formal specimen plantings. Prefers moist organic soils, and if possible a planting location that is shielded from harsh winter winds.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 15 - 20 ft

--Mature Width : 10 - 12 ft

--Growth Rate :
Moderate ( 6" - 10" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
6 - 9

--Sun Exposure :
Full to partial sun - will do well in semi shaded locations also. Growth rate & foliage density will be slightly decreased in fairly shaded locations.

--Soil Preference :
Prefers evenly moist organic soils, but will adapt to a fairly wide range of soil conditions including sandy or those with some clay content.

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen broadleaf - very glossy, dark green foliage with 3 -4 pairs of spines on each leaf typically. Leaves are approximately 3" - 3 1/2" long by about 1 1/2" wide at maturity. Texture is rather rigid, with leaves being quite thick & stiff. Some winter yellowing of foliage can occur if exposed to winter winds.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Berries - Excellent producer of bright red berries in winter. Berries begin forming in mid to late spring as green in color, and then begin to ripen ( turn red ) in fall. This variety is a female clone holly - good pollinator choices for maximum berry production would be O'Spring Holly, Wirt L Winn, or most any Chinese Holly ( Ilex cornuta ) male clones as well.

--Diseases / Insects :
Several minor problems have been observed on Oak Leaf Holly - but none that occur often, or on a regular basis. Problems noted include: Scale infestation, cankers, root rot, leaf spot, nematodes, spittlebugs, and holly looper.

--Recommended Spacing :
5 - 6 ft apart recommended for most typical privacy screen, or border plantings. Tighten spacing to about 3 1/2 - 4 feet apart for use as hedge. Spacing can vary slightly depending upon site specific characteristics such as: Sun exposure, area of the country, soil composition, etc.

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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