McMinnville, Tennessee 931-668-9898


Big John Holly Pollinator

$22.50 per plant

Individual Male Pollinator

Rooted Cuttings are 4-8″ in height.


Shipping Included


80 in stock

Ilex x attenuata ‘Big John’

Rooted cuttings are 4-8″ in height. The Big John holly is a male hybrid between a Dahoon Holly (Ilex cassine) and an American Holly (Ilex opaca). According to Holies, The Genus Ilex by Fred C. Galle, the Big John was a seedling of the Foster No. 2 holly. It was discovered by J.A. Webb and introduced in 1980. The Big John holly has leaves that are 1 to 3 inches long, elliptic to oblong-ovate, and less spiny than other classic hollies. With a slow to moderate growth rate, the Big John holly can grow 20 to 30 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide with a pyramidal shape. Best for USDA Hardiness Zones 7 through 9, this male holly thrives in full sun and is tolerant of most soils. The Big John holly is an excellent American holly pollinator because of its heritage. More planting instruction can also be found at

* A special thanks to Horticulture Extension Agent Amy Dismukes with the UT/TSU Agricultural Extension Office of the Greater Nashville Area for her research on the origin of this cultivar.

Join Waitlist We will inform you when the product arrives in stock. Just leave your valid email address below.
Email Quantity We won't share your address with anybody else.