By its very nature, holly is linked to Christmas. If you are planning to add trees to your landscape, enjoy the Christmas spirit year round by adding an American holly tree or two!

Some of the advantages of American holly trees include their variations in size. Based on the particulars of the species that you select, American holly can be grown as a tall shrub or a large tree.

When used as a shrub, the trees should be planted approximately five feet from one another. As the branches grow, their spread tends to provide a dense growth that is ideal for privacy. When grown as a hedge, holly trees can be used in lieu of a privacy fence at a fraction of the expense and a lot less maintenance. A hedge makes for a great property or noise barrier or windbreak. Like other trees, however, they can also be planted and grown individually.

One of the features American holly trees are best known for is their beautiful red berries. This is the feature that is perhaps most likened to the Christmas season. Used in holiday crafts and decorations, proximity to holly makes the Christmas spirit no farther than your own yard. Clip the branches and the berries for your holiday embellishments.

And during the bleakness of the winter months, the berries on holly trees add color to your landscape and attract wildlife, including cardinals, cedar waxwings, robins and bluebirds, which eat the berries and seek shelter in their dense branches.

However, holly trees also provide color throughout other seasons, too. White blooms are visible during the spring, and because the tree is an evergreen, the beautiful green foliage is present year round.

Hire an Austin tree trimming professional to assist you with properly trimming your holly trees and keep them healthy and well-maintained all year long.

Other than routine proper trimming, American holly trees are rather low maintenance. They require little watering and grow well in full shade or partial shade, making them well-adapted to many of the growing zones found in the continental United States. They are even resistant to disease and insects, making them an overall healthy species to select for planting and keeping your landscape free of insects in pursuit of their output.

If you have questions regarding growing American holly trees in your region or, specifically, on your property, contact an Austin tree care professional, who can advise you on the appropriate type of soil, as well as the appropriate amount of water and sunlight, necessary for maintaining a beautiful holly tree.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit

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