Holly Berries

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by DBLC, Nov 24, 2003.

  1. DBLC

    DBLC LawnSite Member
    from AR
    Posts: 130

    What hollies have berry? burford, nelly, marynell, foster?????
    What makes some not produce berries? I really need a holly berry lesson! Thanks!
  2. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
    from -
    Posts: 4,041

    Hi DBLC,

    Here is a quote from this site.

    "So many people come to me with the question, “Why does my holly never produce berries?”. And the answer is sex. There are male hollies and female hollies. Male hollies produce flowers with pollen, with the potential to fertilise female hollies. (Sorry if I’m being too graphic. Gets a bit close to the bone sometimes, this gardening/nature thing.). Female hollies also produce flowers, with the potential to be fertilised by the pollen from male hollies. You know what’s coming next, don’t you?

    If you want berries, you need two hollies, a male and a female, and preferably a few obliging insects to do the dirty deed. But as we all know, insects cover a lot of ground. Like, they will cover the ground between you and your neighbour. So if you have a town garden, the chances are someone else’s holly will fertilise yours. If it’s female. Otherwise you will always be the provider.

    Simple so far? Now it gets better. How do you know if your holly is male or female? With the common holly (Ilex aquifolium), you don’t. Botanists with microscopes and cutting edge technology struggle. Until the plant is old enough to bear flowers and/or fruits. But that’s a bit late to be finding out. If you want to go for the common holly - which I strongly recommend because it’s native, and therefore of much more use to numerous wee beasties - buy half a dozen or so. C’mon, they’re not that expensive (and if they are you’re shopping at the wrong place!), and if you plant several together, by the law of averages you’ll get a mix of sexes."
  3. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Posts: 1,557

    Also certain types of hollies do not produce berries at all. Most of the hollies that have berries at nurseries always have berries due to they are propagated off of the same plants.

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