Yellow Berries on Holly - Knowledgebase Question

Bryson City, NC
Question by bulldogmmc
November 25, 1999
Several years ago my mother dug up a small Holly in the woods in western North Carolina, it was a wild Holly.This Holly has beautiful yellow berries. I have started other seedlings from this tree and the berries on the new bushes are red. My question is what would cause a Holly growing wild in the mountains to have yellow berries, when all the others growing in the area have red berries.

Answer from NGA
November 25, 1999


What fun! It is most likely a naturally occuring variation. There are a number of named native hollies with yellow berries, but they aren't seen very often. Some examples would include the Ilex opaca varieties "Canary" and "Goldie".

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