The Q&A Archives: Pollenizer For Ebony Magic Holly

Question: I just purchased Monrovia Ebony magic holly with a few berries on it.So I assumed that it must be a female. How do I find a pollenizer for my holly since none of your shrubs specify if they are male or female?
Is there a holy which doesn't require a pollenizer to have the berries?

Answer: Ebony Male is the male companion most often suggested for Ebony Magic. Hollies are generally developed with specific breeding pairs in mind because they must bloom at the same time or at least overlap blooming times in order to provide pollen at the right time. If there are a number of different kinds of hollies in the immediate area, you may not need to purchase a pollen source of your own, however. I am not aware of a holly that will fruit without a male in the vicinity. You might consider pyracantha as a substitute however as it does not require a pair.

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