The best hollies for the landscape

While the growth habit and size of some hollies dictate that they be used as specimen plants in the landscape, other types are more at home in foundation groupings and as hedge plants. Here are a few of the author's favorite hollies for the uses described.

Cultivar Height
(in feet)
Fruit
color
Zones
Hollies for specimen plants
I. X altaclerensis 'James G. Esson' 20-30 red 6b-9
I. aquifolium 'Peter's' 20 red 7-9
I. aquifolium 'Rubricaulis Aurea' 20 red 7-9
I. X attenuata 'Foster #2' 20-30 red 6-9
I. X 'Doctor Kassab' 20-30 red 6-9
I. X 'Nellie R. Stevens' 15-25 orange 6-9
I. opaca 'Boyce Thompson Xanthocarpa' 30-40 yellow 5-9
I. opaca 'Old Heavy Berry' 30-40 red 5-9
I. pedunculosa 20 red 5-9
Hollies for foundation plants
I. Cardinal™ 10-15 red 6-9
I. 'China Girl' 10 red 5-8
I. Festive™ 10-15 red 6-9
I. Little Red™ 10-15 red 6-9
I. X meserveae Blue Angel® 8 red 5-9
I. X meserveae Blue Maid® 15 red 5-9
I. X meserveae Blue Princess® 15 red 5-9
I. X meserveae Golden Girl® 10 yellow 5-9
I. Oak Leaf™ 10-15 red 6-9
I. Robin™ 10-15 red 6-9
Hollies for hedge plants
I. X aquipernyi 20-25 red 6-9
I. crenata 'Convexa' 9 black 5-7
I. crenata 'Green Lustre' 4 black 5-7
I. crenata 'Helleri' 4 black 5-7
I. crenata 'Sky Pencil' 12 black 5-7
I. crenata 'Steeds' 8 black 5-7
I. Dragon Lady® 15-20 red 6-9
I. glabra 'Densa' 10 black 5-9
I. glabra 'Shamrock' 5 black 5-9