Ilex crenata 'Golden Gem'
Credit: Frank Organ
The vast majority of holly species are evergreen and deer-resistant. It’s a large group of shrubby plants with sizes to fit any garden. They are known for their prickly leaves and red berries, which persist well into winter. There are several species native to the eastern U.S., including American holly (I. opaca) and yaupon holly (I. vomitoria). Pictured here is a variety of Japanese holly (I. crenata) known as ‘Little Gem’, which grows 8 to 12 feet tall and is hardy down to Zone 3.