#097 American Holly
(Ilex opaca)

This tree is in The Pines in Davidson. It is the 2nd highest-scoring American Holly in the Davidson Treasure Tree program.

Statistics (2023)

  • Circumference (In.): 44″
  • Height (Ft.): 40′
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 12′
  • Diameter Breast Height (In.): 12″
  • Total Points: 87

More Information

  • Year Recognized: 2023
  • Current condition: Good
  • Property Type: Public
  • Ecological Value: The evergreen leaves and fruits on female plants are fragrant, and make for beautiful color and interest in a winter garden. Branches from this species are often used in the creation of Christmas wreaths. The American holly tree grows slowly, ultimately reaching from 40 to 60 feet tall and 10 to 20 feet wide in an open conical to pyramidal shape with limbs all the way to the ground. It is ideal for privacy screens, barriers, and hedges.