The Q&A Archives: Holly Bushes

Question: I would like to purchase and plant holly this year. A former neighbor of mine had it and it was beautiful. I would like to purchase the kind that produces red berries. Any info would help.

Answer: Evergreen hollies are purchased as male and female plants with the male serving as a pollinizer for the females, usually at a ratio of about one to three. The females will form the red berries. You might look for some of the most hardy varieties such as the Meserve hybrids or the Blue hollies. Perhaps your neighbor will know which variety was planted as there are quite a few on the market. A local nursery may be able to suggest which ones will do best in your local area. In any case, a location away from winter winds as well as with an acidic, rich, evenly moist yet not soggy soil would be best.

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