Finding the perfect tree for your yard can be a little daunting. There are so many aspects to consider, like shape, size, environment, care, and even just personal preference. A good, versatile tree that has been gaining popularity over the years is the Eagleston Holly.
The Eagleston Holly, Llex x Attenuata is a small evergreen tree. Expect dense, vibrant green foliage to remain all year long despite cold weather or snow. It is known for its humble white flowers during the spring, followed by cute clusters of red berries during the winter months. It is commonly grown in a pyramid shape or left natural and due to it being a slower growing tree, needs very little trimming to maintain its shape. Expect around two feet of growth per year with a lifespan of around 40 years.
Zones 6 through 9 are best suited for this species of tree. It is a pretty tolerant plant that can take a wide arrange of soil including, sand, clay, alkaline and acidic. It prefers well draining soil and can experience root rot if let in standing water for too long. The Eagleston Holly, can grow 20 to 25 feet tall with a spread of 5 to 14 feet. This coupled with its dense leaf growth can make it an excellent privacy bush. It can also make a lovely addition to your yard all by itself.
Another fun aspect to note about this type of holly, is that it’s a naturally occurring hybrid between the Dahoon Holly and the American Holly. Unlike its counterparts though, the Eagleston Holly is incredibly resistant to the diseases that would otherwise wipe out its predecessors. It is also tolerant against city pollution and droughts’ which is another bonus to consider.
So if you’re in the market for a vibrant, lovely little tree, please keep the Eagleston Holly in mind and if you have any other questions about this tree or other gardening topics please contact us at Chambersville Tree Farms.
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