University of Florida

Ilex myrtifolia (Myrtle Holly)

Myrtle Holly

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  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 8A to 9B
  • Mature Height: 20 to 40 ft
  • Mature Spread: 15 to 20 ft
  • Growth Rate: moderate
  • Availability: somewhat available in small sizes
  • Drought Tolerance: good
  • Salt Tolerance: unknown
  • Light Requirements: full sun to part shade
  • Native Origin: Native to north Florida
  • Soil Drainage: well drained soil is best
  • Foliage: Evergreen tree with no showy fall color.
  • Flowers: White, not showy flowers in the spring.
  • Pests: scale can infest many hollies

Gainesville Observations: Trees produce a good leader that appears easy to train into a dominant trunk. They were easy to prune to a good form and shearing was not needed to craft a dense symmetrical canopy. They can be grown with branches to the ground or low branches can be removed to create a "standard" form. Trees could be a candidates for planting near power lines where space permits.