The Q&A Archives: Identifying sex of Hollies.

Question: I have what is labeled a female Fosters Holly that apparently needs a male Holly to produce berries. My local Home Depot does not sell Hollies with the sex identified. Is there some way that I can make the id? Thanks. Kit Jenkins

Answer: Hollies are dioecious (separate male and female plants). However, Foster holly is one of the few hollies in which female plants will produce fruit without fertilization from a male pollinator. Botanically speaking, it is parthenocarpic (from Greek, parthenos meaning virgin and karpos meaning fruit). Therefore, it is unnecessary to purchase a male Foster holly for your landscape.

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