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Would like to ID this nice holly

Posted by dave_in_nova VA zone 7a (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 22, 13 at 10:18

I found these hollies growing in Falls Church, VA, that I cannot indentify.

I'll attach several photos of the small trees as well as closeups. I would say over half the leaves on the tree are completely spineless and the remainder of them have anywhere from 1 to a half dozen very minor spines. The leaves are anywhere from 1.5" to 3" long and maybe 1/2 as wide. Shape is elliptical.

Tree form is a rather open pyramid - though they have likely never been sheared. Looks like they have been limbed up though. This area is quite dry and they get no supplemental water that I can see. They've been there for years.

Really the greatest features of these hollies are the mostly spineless leaves with a nice color, good berry production and smaller size.

My first inclination was that these might be an Ilex x attenuata cultivar -- something with I. cassine and I. opaca. (Or maybe pure cassine?) Possibly one of of the Hume cultivars like Hume #2, but I've never seen them in person as they seem to be very rarely sold in commerce -- especially around here. The written descriptions sound very close though.

Any ideas? They would make a wonderful small tree for the urban garden because of their smaller size -- nothing like I. opaca. And very few spines, so a very friendly holly -- plus the nice show of berries.

I'll follow up with more pics.

This post was edited by dave_in_nova on Tue, Oct 22, 13 at 10:22

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2nd pic.

Here's another pic of the trees.

another closeup

another closeup.

RE: Would like to ID this nice holly

Like an Ilex opaca and Ilex cassine hybrid. I think they go by Ilex x attenuata and whatever the cultivar name is.

Here is a link that might be useful: info here

RE: Would like to ID this nice holly

I think so too. But WHICH cultivar??

I'm thinking Hume #2 at this point.

It's very different from 'Fosters', 'Greenleaf', 'East Palatka', and 'Savannah'.

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