The Q&A Archives: Nellie R. Stevens Holly

Question: I just purchased one of your Nellie R. Stevens Holly shrubs and the landscaper said it didn't need a male Holly nearby to produce berries yet when I read your info sheet, it seemed to imply that it needed a male Chinese Holly in order to produce berries. Which is correct? Will my new Holly continue to produce berries by itself (it has berries now) or will I have to get a Chinese Holly. There is a male

Answer: Fay,

Many types of hollies can pollinate it and if there are hollies nearby that is generally sufficient to take care of the task of providing pollen. Many times these hollies will produce berries on their own without a male type nearby, however the presence of a male will increase set of berries. The "blue holly" nearby should do the trick however watch the plants closely and make sure that this holds true. You could always plant another later on if berry set fails to be sufficient a year or two down the line, but I doubt that this is necessary.

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