Longstalk Holly (Ilex pedunculosa) in the Ilex Database

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 10 to 20 feet (3-6 m)
Plant Spread: 10 to 15 feet (3-4.5 m)
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Fall
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Miscellaneous: Dioecious
Awards and Recognitions: Other: Holly of the Year 2013

Longstalk Holly fruit gracing a fine specimen in the Swarthmore c

Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jun 7, 2019 10:50 AM

My biggest customer in southeast Pennsylvania, who is a plant enthusiast, bought two small potted plants of this species from a specialty mail order nursery and I planted them in the side of the front yard, where they are slowly growing alright, but still are small. I did see one large specimen at the Stoneleigh Estate in Villanova, Pennsylvania that is now under the management of the Natural Lands Trust of eastern PA & NJ. Longstalk Holly is native to China, Korea, and Japan. Its evergreen leaves are to 3 inches long and with entire margins, no teeth. It gets its common name because the red, about 1/3 inch wide berries hang down on 1 to 2 inch long pedicels (stalks). It is able to stand up to dry, sweeping winds, hot summer heat, and to heavy clay soils, though not compacted ones. It grows around 1 foot/year. It is a handsome broadleaf evergreen tree or large shrub, but I have only seen three so far in my career. It is a rare species in the US.

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