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December 30, 2014

Kathy Reed‎Birds of the eastern United States

December 21, 2014


December 27, 2014
Stately beauty - this female American holly, about fifty feet tall with an 18" diameter trunk, grows in bottomland near the Christina River in historic Christiana, Delaware. (Jim Resch)

December 21, 2014


December 21, 2014
Happy Holidays from Long Island.
Berries abound, heavy fruit set on unknown I. opaca cultivar.
@ Pine Lawn National Cemetery.(M. Runkel)

December 21, 2014


December 17, 2014
Wow! Now that's a wreath! At 48+ inches, this work of art from McLean's Nursery will grace the Epiphany Church in Baltimore County. At 45 pounds, it contains Winter Red Winterberry, Gold variegated English, Arborvitae, Magnolia, 30mm gold balls, glitter cones, and Bling (ting-ting) which are the little gold whispies. No, I'm not kidding ! Merry Christmas! (S.Hunter)

December 17, 2014


December 9, 2014
Now it can snow! This wreath has berries of American hollies 'Farage' and 'Miss Helen', and Chinese hollies 'China Doll' and 'Needlepoint', with variegated leaves of 'Steward's Silver Crown' and English holly 'Argenteo Marginata', all on a base of Canada balsam accented with yellow male cones of Cryptomeria japonica. (Barb and Jim Resch)

December 9, 2014


December 9, 2014
Fresh green wreath: Red berries of I. opaca 'Miss Helen' and I. cornuta 'Needlepoint' along with variegated leaves of I. opaca 'Steward's Silver Crown' and I. aquifolium 'Argenteo Marginata', on a base of Noble Fir with highlights of Incense Cedar (Calocedrus decurrens) and statice. (Barb and Jim Resch)

December 9, 2014


December 5, 2014
Quite the showstopper, our native winterberry, (Ilex verticillata); its preferred natural habitat is usually wetlands, says the Prince William Wildflower Society, a Virginia Native Plant Society Chapterbut it can take normal garden conditions, too.

December 5, 2014

December 1, 2014
Pick your favorite - native American holly ('Bear Crossing') with red berries or the variegated leaves of English holly ('Argenteo Marginata'). (Jim Resch)

December 1, 2014


November 28, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Holly friends and enthusiasts from the Holly Society of America

Holly Society of America


November 24, 2014
Ilex opaca 'Canary' berries with Nellie Stevens leaves and fern-leaf cypress make for this beautiful winter wreath

Holly Society of America


November 24, 2014
A seasonal display of I. verticillata 'Red Sprite' and Betula nigra 'Dura Heat', adjacent to the historic Manor House at Bayard Cutting Arboretum. (M. Runkel)

Holly Society of America


November 22, 2014
Dragon Lady ('Meschick') is sometimes shy about fruiting, but this plant looks especially nice this year. (Jim Resch)

Holly Society of America


November 14, 2014
Dainty leaves and small red berries on this hybrid holly, 'Dapat', better known under the trademarked name Miss Patricia. This pretty girl looks like a miniature version of its female parent, 'Mary Nell'. (Jim Resch)

Holly Society of America


November 11, 2014
Perfectly shaped American holly 'Freeman' at Rutgers Gardens, New Jersey (J. Resch)

Holly Society of America

Carl Suk I believe most of the old hollies in the collection weer hatracked several years ago

Holly Society of America, Inc. Hi Carl. They told us that this section of the collection was neglected for about 15 years until this spring when they went in with bucket trucks and chainsaws to cut out the vines and root suckers. 'Freeman' really stood out as an amazing specimen- many others had become much more rounded with age. (Jim) .


November 11, 2014
Let the overwintering begin ! These tunnels will soon be covered with a thermal blanket, then plastic to protect the Hollies inside.


David Resavage Thanks again for sure beats digging them into the ground.......I am going to try next year...

Holly Society of America, Inc. David Resavage, the hollies are sitting on weed cloth above the ground. Most are Ilex opaca, some are koehneana, glabra, pedunculosa, aquifolium, verticillata, and a few other species

David Resavage thanks for the info....I was just too am packing away my hollies....but I been digging them into the ground and mulching around them. I like your concept for wintering above ground...but I am afraid with my more Northern latitude that I might have problems. Always great to see how other people get the same job done...

Tim Goodin Great information, if you get time please post an after picture once they are under wraps. Thanks

David Resavage also what type of Holly's are these... Are they American... English... Or complex hybrids? Are the pots just sitting above ground? Or are they healed in ground ....or mulched around the pots? Just curious...


November 10, 2014
"Antique holly" - this is Ilex opaca 'Farage', selected from the wild by holly pioneer Elizabeth C. White some time before 1942. The fruit set on this holly is remarkably good this year. (Jim Resch)

Ilex opaca 'Farage'


November 6, 2014
Good fruit set on a newly planted Ilex verticillata 'Winter Gold' (M. Runkel)
It is at Bayard Cutting, one of nine cultivars we planted this spring.

Ilex verticillata 'Winter Gold'


November 6, 2014
Ilex verticillata 'Maryland Beauty' This girl is ready for the holidays! (S.Hunter)

'Maryland Beauty'


November 5, 2014
Yellow-berried American hollies can be worked into fall flower arrangements and Thanksgiving centerpieces - here are two favorites, 'Boyce Thompson Xanthocarpa' and 'Goldie'. (Jim Resch)

Yellow-berried American hollies


October 30, 2014
A flat of Ilex opaca 'Red Velvet' ready to stick (S.Hunter)
This is a really neat old selection of American holly - from Orlando Pride, who grew the plant in Butler PA north of Pittsburgh. It's exceptionally cold-hardy.

'Red Velvet'


October 30, 2014
A nice, crisp fall day, and the fruits on this American holly 'Miss Helen' are finally nearing full coloration. (Jim Resch)

Miss Helen


October 29, 2014
Posted by Janet Usher Shriver....We had a great time at the National Holly Society Meeting at Rutgers U. last week. The Amateur Division of the sprig contest was fun and educational for us, and we left with a carload of lovely plants. Can't wait for the meeting next year in Hunt Valley!

Ilex verticillata 'Christmas Cheer'


October 7, 2014
Ilex opaca 'Canary' (S.Hunter) — at University of Delaware.

Ilex opaca 'Canary'


October 7, 2014
Ilex opaca 'Lin's Gold ' at University of Delaware Botanical Gardens (S. Hunter )
— at University of Delaware.

Does anyone have this available? (Paul)
Not yet, Paul. This may be the only plant of 'Lin's Gold' left in any public collection - the good news is they let us take cuttings today! (Jim)

'Lin's Gold '


October 4, 2014
This beautifully columnar American holly, Ilex opaca 'Freeman', grows at the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia. It is about 50 feet tall and only about 15 feet wide. The label shows it was accessioned in 1949.

Ilex opaca 'Freeman'



September 16, 2014
Ouch! Avoid this saddleback caterpillar, found this time of year on hollies and many other plants. The stinging hairs on this little fellow feel like a wasp sting...maybe a little worse!

saddleback caterpillar


September 8, 2014
While we're on the subject of variegated hollies with confusing's Ilex aquifolium 'Golden Queen' at the Planting Fields Arboretum on Long Island. What a beautiful female holly, and yet...if you look in Fred Galle's book, 'Golden Queen' is listed as a male (!), going back to old popular English names. So something's not quite right here, but the plant is still really pretty! (J. Resch)

Golden Queen

September 7, 2014
This Ilex aquifolium growing here at the nursery is presently unnamed. Suggestions? It is approximately 6 feet tall by six feet wide and hardy here in zone 6b. (S.Hunter)

Holly Society of America, Inc. There is a variety of I. aquifolium called 'White Sails' (or maybe 'Whitesail') with very wide white margins - grown by Bill Cannon on Cape Cod but I don't know who else might have it. (Jim)

White Sails


September 4, 2014
Some really unusual variegation here - this is 'Sadie Scudder', which started as a branch mutation on an Ilex cornuta x pernyi hybrid. The new growth is lime green to chartreuse, often with a stippled variegation pattern.

Sadie Scudder


August 27, 2014
Hollies in the landscape - here are a couple of Dragon Lady hollies, planted six years ago from small container stock to dress up a school entrance. They've now grown into seven-footers, having received little attention apart from every-other-year pruning. This is in Pike Creek, DE (Zone 7a).

Hollies in the landscape


August 24, 2014
These nice plants of Ilex x aquipernyi 'Dragon Slayer' in full 1-gal. containers were donated by Mobjack Nurseries for the Test Holly program. They will be distributed at the National Meeting this October at Rutgers University. (J. Resch)

'Dragon Slayer


August 1, 2014
Teufel's Silver Variegated' is a particularly nice cultivar of English holly, from Teufel Holly Farms in Portland, Oregon. It makes for a striking accent in holiday arrangements.
(J. Resch)

Teufel's Silver


May 23, 2014
Here's a variegated American holly, 'Lin's Gold', at the Univ. of Delaware Botanic Gardens. There aren't many variegated American holly cultivars out there...and this one seems to be particularly hard to find. It's a slow-growing, male plant. (J. Resch)

Lin's Gold


May 20
Sweet-loving odorous house ants (Tapinoma sessile) are enjoying the nectar of newly-opened flowers on this 'Miss Helen' American holly. (J. Resch)

Lin's Gold


May 6, 2014
Large, pistillate (female) flowers on Ilex 'Virginia' will be followed by red berries this fall,
we hope! (J. Resch)

Ilex 'Virginia'


May 4, 2014
Heavy flowering on this mature Ilex x aquipernyi Dragon Lady ('Meschick') this spring. Our cold winter killed many flower buds on I. aquifolium, I. cornuta, and many hybrids, but this one seems to be doing quite well. (J. Resch)

Ilex x aquipernyi Dragon Lady

May 2, 2014
At the Friends of the National Arboretum plant sale in Washington, D.C., members of the the Chesapeake Chapter answered gardeners' questions and sold hollies and other plants. (photos by Cathy Anderson, April 25)
National Arboretum plant sale in Washington, D.C.

April 15, 2014
Here's a rooted cutting of Ilex 'Dragon Slayer', a new hybrid introduced by Mobjack Nurseries in Virginia and registered with the Holly Society of America in 2012. We like the vigor with which this holly roots! (J. Resch)

Ilex 'Dragon Slayer'


April 5, 2014
Here's something new - Ilex 'Solar Flare'. This variegated sport of the Oakland holly originated at The Unique Plant nursery in Chapel Hill, NC. I don't know much more about this, except it's a female clone, and is available for the first time this year from Camellia Forest Nursery. Anyone else out there growing it? (Jim Resch)

Ilex 'Solar Flare'


April 2, 2014
April 2nd, and fruit on Ilex verticillata still persists! Plant this selection called' Stoplight' for ornamental purposes, as the fruit is too large for most birds~ this speciman here
(underplanted with Thomasina crocus) is approximately 25 years old, about 4' high and 5' wide. (S.Hunter)

Ilex verticillata


March 26, 2014
A yellow-berried American holly, Ilex opaca 'Longwood Gardens' - showing off its exceptionally dense foliage and naturally pyramidal shape. This tree was started as a cutting 20 years ago and has never been pruned except to take cuttings for propagation.
(J. Resch)

Ilex opaca 'Longwood Gardens'


March 20, 2014
A nice spring day surprise in the greenhouse Ilex decidua 'Byers Gold' seed~ sown last year, just germinating now. Will be interesting to see how they grow on! (S.Hunter)

Ilex opaca 'Longwood Gardens'


March 10, 2014
It's nearly spring, and this yellow-fruited American holly, Ilex opaca 'Boyce Thompson Xanthocarpa', still has all its fruit. Robins have eaten all the fruit from nearby red-fruited hollies, but always seem to take longer to realize the yellow fruit is just as tasty. (J. Resch)

Ilex opaca 'Boyce Thompson Xanthocarpa'


March 8, 2014
Holly Society of America at Penn State Extension Agency's Gardenwise Symposium- today, March 8. (S.Hunter)

Penn State Extension Agency's Gardenwise Symposium


February 22, 2014
Ilex opaca' Satyr Hill' rooted cuttings ready to ship soon~ finally feeling like spring in the propagation house! (S.Hunter)

Ilex opaca' Satyr Hill'


February 17, 2014
Ilex crenata 'Drops of Gold' - develops bright gold coloration on new leaves, if the plant is grown in full sun. Here's a container planting in Ocean View, Delaware (Zone 7b), looking good even in mid-winter. (J. Resch)

Ilex crenata 'Drops of Gold'


February 12, 2014
C'mon spring! Here's what that variegated English holly is supposed to look like, in late May! (Ilex aquifolium 'Argenteo Marginata', photographed in 2008 - J. Resch)

Ilex aquifolium 'Argenteo Marginata'


February 8, 2014
There's still a lot of fruit remaining in February on this American holly, Ilex opaca 'Miss Helen'...thanks to a lone mockingbird who jealously guards this tree from all other birds. So he eats a few berries a day...and leaves lots for us to photograph. (J. Resch)

Ilex opaca 'Miss Helen'


February 17, 2014
Ilex crenata 'Drops of Gold' - develops bright gold coloration on new leaves, if the plant is grown in full sun. Here's a container planting in Ocean View, Delaware (Zone 7b), looking good even in mid-winter. (J. Resch)

Ilex opaca' Satyr Hill'


January 27, 2014
Holly Society of America, Inc. shared Assateague Island National Seashore's photo.

Check out this American Holly (Ilex opaca). What are those red things tucked in among the leaves? Berries you say? We call them berries, but technically they are what botanists call drupes. What's the difference? Think about blueberries vs. peaches. Blueberries (true berries) contain seeds, but they are enclosed within the flesh of the fruit - you don’t even know they are there. Peaches (drupes) on the other hand, contain a seed that is in a hard case that is surrounded by flesh. If we were to take one drupe from the tree in the photo below and smash it open, among the damaged flesh we would find 4 small seeds tucked away in hard "suitcases.”

Producing seeds that are transported in a “suitcase” puts the American Holly at an advantage. Drupes can typically be found on the tree throughout the winter and into early spring. During this time, literally everything in the maritime forest (with the exception of horses) eats the fruit. As the drupes move through the digestive tract in their suitcase, they are protected from acidic environments or from being ground up in a bird’s crop. The majority of the drupes arrive at their final destination, far away from the parent tree, without any damage. This is essential given that the tree relies on animals for the dispersal of its drupes. (KT)

Ilex opaca' Satyr Hill'


January 1, 2014
Holly Society of America, Inc. shared Old Moss Woman's Secret Garden's album.

This is achieved by judicious pruning and encourages fruitfulness while leaving the understory of your design for annuals.

Old Moss Woman's Secret Garden's album








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