University of Florida

Ilex opaca

Common name(s): American Holly

Plant type: evergreen medium tree
Primary method of propagation: cutting
Alternate propagation method(s): seed, grafting/budding

Propagation by Cuttings

Cutting type: stem tip
Time of year to take cuttings: Summer
Cutting maturity: semi-hardwood
Rooting hormone: IBA TALC 8000 PPM
Rooting environment: intermittent mist
Soil temperature for best rooting: 75-80 degrees F
Time to rooting: 6-8 weeks

Propagation by Seed

Time of year to collect seed: Autumn
Time of year to sow seed: Winter
Seed treatment: none
Preferred seed moisture: outdoors
Preferred temperature for germination: natural degrees F
Time required for germination: 8-16 weeks
Light conditions for germination: natural
Comment: An alternative seeding environment is greenhouse beds.

Propagation by Grafting

Time of year to graft: late Summer
Type of graft: 'T', whip