Our Holly, getting ready for Christmas....

HerbSeptember 14, 2005

.......They should all be red by Christmas - meantime, they're even more colorful.

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flowergirl_VA(z7 VA)

Isn't that neat! All the colors are really pretty.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2005 at 7:51AM
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JoanofPa(z6 Pa)

How beautiful, how about a whole shot of the tree now!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2005 at 7:53AM
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Herb, that holly is beautiful. We have one growing next to the house, it was here when we moved. It is much too close, but once I saw the berries, I just can't cut it down, so I am trying to keep it pruned so it doesn't attack you as you walk down the very-little-used steps. I think the leaves look slightly different from yours, but the clusters of berries look similar.

BTW, you are closer to cold than we are, mine haven't begun to change color yet.


    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 6:27AM
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nanahanna(a8 AR)

Good grief! Mine aren't even near turning red yet! Yours are lovely!


    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 11:46PM
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lavendrfem(z6 CT)

I was wondering if you had male and female hollies together? Mine is very small and I only planted one - no berries yet and I'm wondering if this might be the reason.

(new gardener)

    Bookmark   September 25, 2005 at 12:00AM
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We have 3 female trees & 1 male. I don't know whether small, young hollies flower, but assuming they do & that yours is a female, the absence of a mate is a probable reason yours has no berries.

The Western Gardening book says that some female hollies will set berries without a mate, but I wonder if that's really true, or is it a case of there being a mate in one of the neighbors' gardens.


    Bookmark   September 25, 2005 at 1:04AM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

I love hollies. Some small ones don't flower so well, especially the clones with variegated leaves. Watch for flowers in spring and when you get some, make sure they are female flowers :)

    Bookmark   September 25, 2005 at 6:29PM
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nanahanna(a8 AR)

Here is a closeup of mine. It is the only bush we have and it is loaded with berries. The leaves on mine are not the typical holly shape leaves though. The birds love it in the winter and I usually cut some boughs off for Christmas decorations.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2005 at 3:42PM
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Can a blue princess holly interbreed with one of those holly trees with the silver edges around the leaves? I'mtrying to get a mate for my holly so it will make berries.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2010 at 6:32PM
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