East Palatka HollyIlex x attenuata 'East Palatka'
This variety was discovered in 1927 in Palatka, Florida. The broad, dull green, rounded leaves have one spine at the tip and few, if any, along the blade edge. The 30 – 45 foot-tall trees take on a moderately, tight pyramidal shape. A female East Palatka Holly is heavily laden with bright red berries in fall and winter.
Use and Management
East Palatka Holly makes a durable street tree throughout its range and is quite drought-tolerant once established. Most trees are sheared in the nursery, and is often repeated in the landscape after planting. The natural shape of the tree is rarely seen but is a graceful pyramid of drooping branches growing from a strong central trunk, laden with bright red berries, which remain on the trees until eaten by birds.
East Palatka Holly grows quickly in full sun or partial shade on moist, acid soils. Growth is poor and foliage chlorotic on alkaline soil.
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