Ilex lack of love and respect - anyone have a good one?

toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)November 27, 2011

Few years back I planted a couple tiny variegated Ilex something or others. One is hanging out, the other dead from too much water I figure.

I also have two decent looking generic hollies about my height. Just today I thought they were looking pretty good against the drab background.

Then I thought almost every other type of tree gets a photo gallery around here. Anyone have some good Ilex anything to show?

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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

This probably isn't what you had in mind.
Ilex crenata, 'Convexa'.
I started these plants as cuttings years ago.
Works way better than Boxwood in my climate.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2011 at 4:37AM
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That is awesome, Mike! They do make terrific hedges, although they are not used as such near enough here. They are somewhat commonly planted as specimens/accents, but the only ones I have seen as a hedge are at my parents house.

Do you do the pruning on that lizard?


    Bookmark   November 28, 2011 at 10:03AM
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Very cool, Mike! I love Ilex, hubby just brought home a couple small ones for out back. A couple weeks ago we found some 'Hector's Gold' i.v. and planted them up front as a hedge, I posted about them on the shrubs forum as I couldn't find much info on this variety. Love the look of them, hope they live long and prosper in their new location. :)

    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 5:23PM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

Here's one I propagated a number of years ago.
They root pretty easy, but slow off the git-go.
A varigated Ilex aquafolium.

And a close-up.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 9:49PM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

Well there are a couple good ones out there!

What inspired tue lizard? I had a deer take a few bites around an arborvitae, give it a poodle tail look for a couple years. Nothing cool like a lizard.

How does your aquafolium hold up? Does it burn in summer or winter?

    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 11:25PM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

No burning at all, but that's in our climate with good soil and adequate water.

Look what I did to an Arborvitae that tipped over because I planted it at 10 ft. tall, too close to my cabin. It leaned out and ice brought it down. I left it there. You can see the rootball on the right. I have trimmed the lower branches to make it look like a grove. Well, ....sorta.

It's there on a whim.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2011 at 8:00AM
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jqpublic(7b/8a Wake County NC)

^Awesome idea!

    Bookmark   November 30, 2011 at 11:32PM
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