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Eagleston Holly

Ilex x attenuata 'Eagleston'

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Eagleston Holly (Ilex x attenuata 'Eagleston') at Liberty Landscape Supply

Eagleston Holly foliage

Eagleston Holly foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Eagleston Holly (Ilex x attenuata 'Eagleston') at Liberty Landscape Supply

Eagleston Holly

Eagleston Holly

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  18 feet

Spread:  14 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b


This hybrid is a pyrimidal broadleaf evergreen can be massed as a screen or grown from a single trunk like a small tree; spiny green, glossy foliage is quiet beautiful; an abundance of showy red berries in winter; needs male pollenator

Ornamental Features

Eagleston Holly is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries from mid fall to late winter. It has dark green foliage which emerges chartreuse in spring. The spiny pointy leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Eagleston Holly is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds and bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Eagleston Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Eagleston Holly will grow to be about 18 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 14 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more. This is a female variety of the species which requires a male selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Fruit  Plant Form  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features