Oakleaf Holly is a beautiful holly with dense structure and beautiful berries in the Winter. It is a bit slower growing and somewhat harder to find in cultivation. However, its an excellent choice for foundation corners or for screening.
American Holly is a native evergreen holly gracing the forests from Southern New England into the Deep South. It has been used increasingly in recent years in the landscape as both stand-alone and for screening. When you think of Christmas and Hollies, it is usually the American Holly which is used in holiday decorations.
With it’s dense foliage and beautiful red berries, Burford Holly is a favorite choice for screening. It is available in fully skirted and tree-form varieties. It has a fair degree of shade tolerance allowing it to be used in locations with full sun and partial shade.
Nellie Stevens Holly is considered by some to be the Grand Dame Holly of Southern Landscapes. Used extensively in the South, it would be difficult to drive very far and not see them in use somewhere. This plant is also successfully used further north into Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and coastal New York.
Attributes include relatively fast growth for a holly, beautiful foliage and berries as well as the ability to be used as a corner foundation plant as well as in screening.
It can be a bit more susceptible to deer browsing due to its more pliable branching structure. If deer are an issue, you should consider Emily Bruner Holly as a substitution.
Emily Bruner Holly is a wonderfully versatile holly which can be used in situations ranging from full-sun to full-shade. As long as the plants are well irrigated after they are transplanted, they will adapt and thrive. Beautiful foliage and berries are highlights as well as the ability to create instant screens and hedges. It is one of the denser hollies thereby providing a deeper level of screening. This also gives more protection from deer browsing as the stems and branch structures are very strong making it more difficult for the deer to eat them back.
Home and Garden Landscapes has used Emily Bruner Holly in literally hundreds of installations for screening ranging from dense shade to full sun and highly recommends considering this beauty for your landscape needs.