The Q&A Archives: Little Rascal Holly

Question: We have purchased 8 Little Rascal Holly marked (MALE). None of the nurserys seem to have the Female plants. I saved room in the garden for them. Do we need the Female plants to get red Berries on our Male holly? If so, who did you ship any Female Little Rascals to in the Metro Detroit area.
Thanks for your help.

Richard Koerber

Answer: Little Rascal Holly is a male and was bred for hardiness, compact growth, and deep purple winter color. There is no female counterpart, but your male shrubs will produce pollen and can pollinate female hollies in the vicinity. The flowers on your shrubs(correctly called inflorescences) will be inconspicuous, but they will be there. Since your hollies are males, they will never produce berries. You can plant any of the blue meserve female hollies (such as Blue Girl or Blue Princess) to get berries. Hope this clarifies things for you.

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