wild Holly bushes

Asked January 13, 2016, 9:48 AM EST

What is the variety of holly that seems to grow wild in the woods of Va., can it transplanted and trimmed to make a nice privacy hedge? is it fast or slow growing ?

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The "wild" holly that grows in Virginia and most of the southern and eastern United States is Ilex opaca, American Holly. It can be transplanted and pruned to produce a hedgerow and it's growth rate is considered slow, but it's natural height is 35' to 50' so it will take frequent maintenance to keep it to hedge height.

This fact sheet gives a lot of details and also lists some of the cultivars that have been developed from this native tree. Here is another website with more information.

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