Male Holly - Knowledgebase Question

Charlotte, NC
Question by jmergner
September 22, 2005
Could you tell me which male holly I should use to pollinate Nellie R. Stevens for max berry production? Will this also increase berry production in other hollies such as needlepoint? Thank You. V. Mergner


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Answer from NGA
September 22, 2005

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Nellie Stevens is self-fertile so will produce berries without a male nearby. As a matter of fact, all Chinese hollies are self-fruitful, including your Needlepoint. However, you can plant a male Ilex cornuta (Carissa Holly) such as Rotunda to increase fruit production.

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