Holly - Knowledgebase Question

Newburgh, NY
Question by gelujan4
November 9, 1999
I am thinking about planting some holly--I live in NY in the Hudson Valley (I believe zone 5) and I would like to know a couple of types that would suit my area. Whether they need full sun, shade, etc. Also, is it too late to plant this year? If so, when is the best time to plant. thank you.


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Answer from NGA
November 9, 1999

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he Meserve group of hollies (their names begin with "Blue") might be worth considering with "Blue Princess" being one of the hardiest. The traditional American hollies (Ilex opaca) would be marginally hardy in your area. The evergreen hollies must be planted in a sheltered location out of wind in either sun or partial sun. They require a soil that is acidic and moist yet well drained. You will also need a male and female for pollination. You may want to consult with some of the local nurseries as to their recommendations for hollies that are doing the best in your local area. You might also consider the deciduous hollies (Ilex verticillata) which are very winter hardy and make a lovely berry display. These shrubs prefer a moist, slightly acidic soil in full sun and also need a pollinator. The best time to plant the evergreen hollies is spring, so you do have some time to do your research.

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