Holly of the Year 2003


The holly chosen for the 2003 Holly of the Year is Ilex opaca 'Satyr Hill'. This fine American holly was found as a volunteer seedling and developed at McLean Nurseries in Towson, Maryland by Stewart McLean. 'Satyr Hill' was registered by the Holly Society in 1970, registration number 3-70, and was named for the road on which the nursery is located.
'Satyr Hill' has large, dark olive green leaves that are about 2 3/8 inches (6.0 cm) long and 2 inches (5.1 cm) wide. They are glossy, broadly oval, and nearly flat with 5 or 6 spines on each side. The fruit is bright red and about 3/8 inch (0.95 cm) in diameter. Berries are borne singly and are nicely spaced. Full color is reached in late October in USDA Hardiness Zone 6. Berry retention is excellent, lasting all winter and into the spring when the robins eat them. This holly’s beautiful berries and foliage make it highly suitable for wreaths and other cut holly uses, where it has proven to hold up extremely well.
'Satyr Hill' is a vigorous grower with a compact, upright habit. The original registrant was about 9 feet (2.7 m) tall and wide at ten years in USDA Hardiness Zone 7. The plant should be hardy to Zone 5.
A beautiful holly, 'Satyr Hill' makes a wonderful landscape plant suitable for use as a striking specimen or grouped with other material at the back of a mixed border or in the center of an island bed. It also looks well as an under story plant in naturalistic or woodland settings. As with other American hollies, it is suitable for use in hedges or screening plantings.

Ilex opaca 'Satyr Hill'

Holly of the Year

Photo by Linda Parsons