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Jchooper2000hotmail
May 1, 2020 2:57 PM CST
Hope I'm in the right area. I have searched the Internet for over a year and I think I'm looking for a unicorn. I'm in SW Michigan in zone 6a. I have a spring that developed in my yard. I have clay that stays wet all the time. I'd like to plant something that gives me color yr round. Something that still looks alive. I've tried golden false cypress which has thrived. Tried a male and female holly that had blue in it's name. It died and tried again and it died. I have I believe is marsh rosemary and is barely hanging on after 3 yrs. Another evergreen that reslly did nothing and the deer hammered it and is dead. Winter berry holly gives me color with red berries but I'm looking for a non-decidurous shrub so that eliminates red twig dogwood. The subject line says evergreen but it can be a true evergreen but it can be something like boxwood as it retains it's greenery. Juniper, euronyumis? Any ideas?
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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ViburnumValley
May 1, 2020 5:57 PM CST
Ilex glabra - Inkberry Holly

Thuja plicata - Western Redcedar
John

Jchooper2000hotmail
May 2, 2020 2:18 AM CST
Thank you John. I remember considering ink berry but had forgotten about it. I'll have to reconsider it. Do you know if you need M and a F to produce berries which would give me more color. I just did a search on it.

Doing searches on my situation one of the first resulrs is white cedar but seems to only come in a tree.. You recommend red cedar. Searching red cedar it looks like it comes in tree form only correct??? I want more of a shrub or bush.

I can't believe I forgot that the location receives a good deal of sun. When the days get short it does get more shade from some catalpa trees but stills plenty of sun.

Thx

Jchooper2000hotmail
May 2, 2020 10:42 AM CST
Thank you John. I remember considering ink berry but had forgotten about it. I'll have to reconsider it. Do you know if you need M and a F to produce berries which would give me more color. I just did a search on it.

Doing searches on my situation one of the first resulrs is white cedar but seems to only come in a tree.. You recommend red cedar. Searching red cedar it looks like it comes in tree form only correct??? I want more of a shrub or bush.

I can't believe I forgot that the location receives a good deal of sun. When the days get short it does get more shade from some catalpa trees but stills plenty of sun.

Thx
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
You can't have too many viburnums..
Region: United States of America Region: Kentucky Farmer Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
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ViburnumValley
May 3, 2020 8:41 AM CST
Inkberry Holly (Ilex glabra) is a broadleaved evergreen Holly, and it follows the pattern of most Holly species in that it is dioecious - meaning that the individual plants will either have male (staminate) flowers or female (pistillate) flowers. You will need both forms for pollination, and the black fruit will form on the female plants. The black fruit are not particularly showy, so I doubt that is a great reason to hunt for that character. Plant some good looking specimens, which if they are female then that's a bonus. If you are burning and yearning for more information on all things Ilex, I will unabashedly (as a long time member and former national president) offer that you take a look here - the Holly Society of America:

http://www.hollysocam.org/

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There are many forms of the various Thuja species, and a good deal of them come in smaller versions.

Take a look at the Plants Database here and on other garden forums, and watch for postings by people from Michigan to determine likely success. You can also visit an encyclopedic site like the American Conifer Society, which will make your head spin.

In any event, plants are always going to need some level of care - including pruning. Planting something is advancing the cause. You can always edit, if nature doesn't do it for you.

https://garden.org/plants/sear...

https://conifersociety.org/con...

Finally, you could provide some visual information to the audience here, with a more full description of what you are trying to accomplish. Do you have several acres of spring-fed wet site to fill, or 3' x 3'? Do you have a maximum ceiling which plants must stay under? Good views to frame, or poor views to screen? More information = better assistance can be provided.

John
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