Holly berries - Knowledgebase Question

Bremerton, WA
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Question by pkasa9
November 25, 1997
I was going to cut some holly branches to bring into the house and discovered there are no berries on them. Why not?

Answer from NGA
November 25, 1997
Holly (Ilex) is one of those ornamentals that is dioecious; there are separate male and female plants. In order to produce berries on the female plant, a male holly must be growing nearby. Watch your plant this spring for signs of flowering. A female will have solitary blooms. Flowers on a male plant will grow in clusters. After identifying whether you have a male or female plant, you can purchase a new holly of the correct gender.

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