Holly Help - Knowledgebase Question

Frewsburg, NY
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Question by fubar
April 19, 2002
I just moved into a house w/ a large uncared for garden and found a holly bush about 5-6 ft tall. It is covered with yellow blossoms right now and I realize that it needs a pollinator if it is ever to produce berries. How can I identify the type of holly or weather it is male or female?

Answer from NGA
April 19, 2002
This is probably of more concern with the "blue" evergreen hollies and the deciduous hollies since not all types of hollies require a matched pair. If you live in a suburb, in most instances there will be sufficient other hollies in the vicinity to do the job, so it may not be an urgent problem. Probably the best/easiest way to identify it is to take a sample branch with blooms to the nurseries and see if you can identify a match. There are some subtle variations in foliage size, shape, and color that you will notice holding them side by side.

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