Morrison, Tennessee 931-668-9898


Big John Holly

Male Holly Pollenizer

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11 in stock

Ilex x attenuata ‘Big John’

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 is a capable American holly pollenizer because of its heritage. Planting instruction can 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.


Diseases & Insects

Problem Free




Flowers are staminate in 3 to 9 flowered cymes; pistillate solitary; flowers are dull white with yellow pollen tipped anthers; about the latest evergreen holly to flower around May

Growth Rate

Hardiness Range

zone 7a – 9b *need help finding your hardiness zone?


Leaves are 1 to 3 inches long, elliptic to oblong-ovate, and less spiny than other classic hollies

Plant Type

Primary Features



dioecious (Male)


20-30 feet tall at maturity with 15-20 foot spread

Sun Requirement


What am I buying?

We sell Big John Hollies as rooted cuttings. Taken from Wikipedia, “a plant cutting is a piece of a plant that is used in horticulture for vegetative (asexual) propagation. A piece of the stem or root of the source plant is placed in a suitable medium such as moist soil. If the conditions are suitable, the plant piece will begin to grow as a new plant independent of the parent, a process known as striking.” Put more simply, a rooted cutting is a small clone of the specimen from which it was taken. As a genetically identical clone, the cutting shares all the characteristic traits and attributes of the cultivated variety. Our rooted cuttings are 3-6 months old and 2-8 inches in stem length above the soil line. They are clipped from our private stock plants and grown in root pruning trays at our temperature controlled greenhouse.

When are plants collected?

Once your order is placed, your plants will be collected as soon as the weather permits. This time-frame is normally within 3-7 days. During heavy order periods (April-May), this collection time can grow to 10-14 days.

How are plants shipped?

All shipments are mailed via USPS Priority Mail using We monitor national weather conditions and temperatures for shipments. If at any time your order must be delayed for weather concerns, we will contact you by phone and/or email. The day that your order is completed or partially shipped, you will receive an email containing your package tracking number. You can also find this updated information by logging into your account on our website.

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