The Q&A Archives: Holly berries

Question: I was going to cut some holly branches to bring into the house and discovered there are no berries on them. Why not?

Answer: Holly (Ilex) is one of those ornamentals that is dioecious; there are separate male and female plants. In order to produce berries on the female plant, a male holly must be growing nearby. Watch your plant this spring for signs of flowering. A female will have solitary blooms. Flowers on a male plant will grow in clusters. After identifying whether you have a male or female plant, you can purchase a new holly of the correct gender.

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