Holly bush won't bloom - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by caholderman
November 21, 2008
I have a holly tree (bush) that has never bloomed to my knowledge. However, i've been told that cuttings of the bush have matured into berry-producing trees. How can i get my holly to produce the beautiful red berries?

Answer from NGA
November 21, 2008
The flowers on hollies are quite small and barely noticeable so perhaps yours is flowering and you're missing the show. Female hollies need a male nearby in order to produce berries so planting a male in your landscape will help with the berry production. Aside from the cross-pollination requirement, hollies need a few hours of sunshine each day. If yours is in complete shade, it won't flower well or produce berries. Don't prune your holly in the spring - wait until late winter so you don't accidentally prune off any flowers or potential fruits. Hope this information helps!

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