Ilex x 'Conaf' - Knowledgebase Question

Jacksonville, FL
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Question by msdenise
January 2, 2006
I bought a 6 ft. Monrovia Oak leaf red holly grown in Georgia to use as our Christmas tree this year (usually we buy Leyland cyprus because we have had the most success transplanting them into our backyard after Christmas). We are considering planting it in the front yard and need to know how tall and wide it might eventually grow here in Jacksonville, FL. It would have full sun for most of the day with the exception of a couple hours at noon (due to two very tall oak trees). Also, how long till it has reached its full height/width, how low will the bottom limbs be at that time (if we don't trim it up), and finally could we transplant it in a larger container and use it again next year before we plant it?

Answer from NGA
January 2, 2006

That plant is a fast grower reaching about 14 feet tall and 8 feet wide. With good care it should reach near that full size in a few years. You can move it to a larger container just watch that if roots start circling the container you either unwrap them and dig the planting hole larger to accomodate them or cut them off. Circling roots can be a problem down the line as the plant gets older and larger.

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