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Holly Eagleston

Holly Eagleston


Description: The Holly 'Eagleston' is an evergreen shrub or small tree with a pyramidal to oval shape. It typically grows to a height of 15 to 25 feet (4.5 to 7.5 meters) and a spread of 10 to 15 feet (3 to 4.5 meters) at maturity. The tree has dense, glossy, dark green foliage with a slightly serrated margin, providing year-round interest to the landscape. Female plants produce bright red berries in the fall and winter, which persist into early spring if not consumed by wildlife. Male and female flowers are inconspicuous, and both sexes are needed for fruit production.

Best Growing Zones: The Holly 'Eagleston' is well-suited to USDA hardiness zones 6 through 9. It thrives in temperate climates with mild winters and is relatively tolerant of heat, drought, and a wide range of soil types. This cultivar performs best in areas with well-drained, acidic soil and full to partial sun exposure.

Soil Requirements: Eagleston Holly prefers moist, well-drained soil but can tolerate a variety of soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soil. It is relatively adaptable to soil pH but prefers slightly acidic to neutral conditions. Adding organic matter such as compost or peat moss to the planting hole can improve soil fertility and drainage.

Maintenance: Eagleston Holly is a relatively low-maintenance plant once established. It requires regular watering, especially during dry periods, to encourage healthy root development and growth. Mulching around the base of the tree can help retain soil moisture and regulate soil temperature. Pruning is minimal and should be done selectively to remove dead, damaged, or crossing branches. It's best to prune in late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

Landscape Use: Eagleston Holly is valued for its dense, upright growth habit, glossy foliage, and bright red berries, making it a popular choice for hedges, screens, or specimen plants in gardens and landscapes. It can also be used as a foundation planting or planted along property boundaries for privacy and security. Additionally, it provides habitat and food for wildlife, making it a valuable component of wildlife gardens and naturalized areas.

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