Holly - Knowledgebase Question

Maysville, KY
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Question by zombiekyller
December 29, 2002
I have an English Holly and I was wondering how to tell if I have a male or female plant. This plant has not produced berries.

Answer from NGA
December 29, 2002
In my experience, it can be difficult to tell the two apart without the other sex to compare with on site. Here is a photo showing both male and female flowers side by side. Male flowers produce pollen, the female flowers have a central ovary which resembles an unripe berry.


The article accompanying the photo also includes a bit of a discussion about holly reproduction which you might find interesting.


Since the bulk of sales seem to be female hollies, I would expect your plant is probably female -- although that is only an educated guess going by the odds. Good luck with your holly!

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