The Q&A Archives: English Holly Plant

Question: I have recently purchased an English Holly upright standard
that is formed like a tree rose. My garden is very small
I now need a small male holly bush so I can continue having the red berries. If you could give me a few ideas on the bush I should order I can then order through my nursery they carry plants from Monrovia. Thank you

Answer: Your Ilex aquifolium female will need a male Ilex aquifolium for pollination. I'd recommend 'Monvila', the Gold Coast English Holly. This male is slow-growing to 4-6' high and wide; the dark green leaves are edged with yellow. This is the smallest of the male English hollies and would be perfect for the site you describe.

Best wishes with your garden!

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