Holly of the Year 2007


The 2007 selection for the Gene Eisenbeiss Holly of the Year was Ilex aquifolium 'Lewis'. It was discovered in the town of Delight, Maryland, by Stewart McLean and introduced into the trade about 1967. A female, 'Lewis' is one of the best English hollies available. Its leaves are spiny, dark green, and glossy. Its large red berries are freely produced.
'Lewis' is a fast growing cultivar that is hardy into USDA Hardiness Zone 6B. It grows to a pyramidal shape with little pruning and will reach a height of 30ö40 ft (9.1ö12.1 m) when mature. Any male English or hybrid holly that flowers at the same time can be used as a pollinator. 'Lewis' can be used as a specimen plant, in a windbreak or tall hedge, or for cut Christmas greens.

Ilex aquifolium 'Lewis'

Holly of the Year
Photo by Bill Cannon