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Dec 30, 2015
Here's a nice koehneana hybrid holly, at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, in Washington, D.C.
Arabella: Are these hybrids of Ilex aquifolium and Ilex latifolia ? I wasn't sure if Hawaii had any indigenous species of ilex. (Sorry to be so thick, I've only recently caught the "Holly Fever,"
Ilex anomala, or Hawaiian holly is native to Hawaii
Dec 29, 2015
Are you missing snow where you live? Here's a reminder of what this American holly, 'Farage', looked like last winter. (Jim)
Dec 23, 2015
Native beauty - no evergreen can match the year-round beauty of American holly planted in its natural range. This specimen is one of three planted to beautify the "new" Eden School, built in Bear, Delaware in 1935. It has enjoyed a resurgence of vigor and fruit display since it was cleared of vines and trimmed a few years back. (Jim)
Dec 22, 2015
Just had to share this beautiful Christmas card I received today from my friend, Sharon. A very talented artist, Sharon made this Linocut of Ilex 'Scepter', derived from a photo taken by Bill Cannon that is on the HSA website. Unique indeed ! (Sue)
Dec 17, 2015
Holly Society of America Holly of the Year for 2016 is
Ilex opaca 'Maryland Dwarf'. This unique selection was introduced in 1942 by Earle Dilatush, and to this day it remains the best dwarf form of American holly. Rarely growing over 3 feet tall even at maturity , it grows horizontally about a foot per year. A typical ten-year old specimen will be about 2 feet tall and ten feet wide, with dense evergreen, spiny foliage. 'Maryland Dwarf' is a female plant, and will produce red fruits, but these are seldom numerous. Use 'Maryland Dwarf' as a groundcover, foundation planting, or as an accent plant in mixed planting beds. Like all American hollies, the plant enjoys a sunny location, but will tolerate part shade as well. 'Maryland Dwarf' (sometimes called 'Maryland Spreader') can be found in specialty nurseries, including some mail order retailers. (Text/Jim; Photos/Sue)
Dec 14, 2015
With long, straight branches, Ilex verticillata 'Mary Jo' is a perfect choice for floral arrangements and decorating. (Sue)
Dec 13, 2015
Ilex x Dr. Kassab outstanding as an evergreen hedge. (Sue)
Dec 12, 2015
This hanging outdoor arrangement is made from nine different hollies (including American holly, English holly, koehneana, and several pernyi hybrids), arborvitae, and Leyland cypress in an 8" Oasis sphere. (Barb)
Dec 11, 2015
Ilex opaca 'Canary ' paired with Ilex x 'Edward J Stevens', Bayberry, Blue Atlas Cedar and Boxwood complete this natural wreath design. (Sue)
Dec 10, 2015
Fresh arrangement made from seven different kinds of holly, stuck in Oasis foam. (Barb)
Dec 10, 2015
Rescued holly: the ciliospinosa x cornuta hybrid 'B51517' originated with Bill Ackerman and John Creech from the US National Arboretum many years ago but was never named or formally introduced. Propagation and careful record keeping by HSA members Harold Elmore, Ray Head, and Bill Kuhl helped to preserve the plant and get it into the hands of holly enthusiasts. Research by Jason Veil, then at the U.of Delaware, showed it had been independently named and introduced as 'Ellyn Capper' long after the original plants at the USNA had disappeared. (Jim)
David Klemm Interesting. Looks pretty spiny. Is it an improvement on Needlepoint? Maybe grows more slowly? Tell us what you like about it. It seems to have a very good berry set!
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Holly Society of America, Inc. It has a lot going for it...great cold hardiness in all of Zone 6 and maybe 5b as well...must get that trait from its ciliospinosa parent since it's certainly a lot hardier than a cornuta. The plant is really fast-growing, with strong apical dominance, so field growers like it. Mine was a 1-qt. rooted cutting in 2009 and is now 7 feet even after repeated shearing. In commercial production it tends to be sheared once, if not twice a year. Leaves are a nice deep green color and spiny but not sharp like aquipernyi hybrids tend to be. In my experience, 'B51517' tolerates wet soil which will kill a meserve holly, but it's also quite drought tolerant once established. The plant has a heavy fruit set, even at a young age, making it amenable to container production as well...and of course, it roots readily. One drawback - the fruits tend to be on the inside of the plant, hidden by new growth, especially if the tree is not sheared. (Jim)
Dec 7, 2015
Ilex opaca 'Liberty Belle' ringing in the holiday season (Sue)
David Klemm: What is unique about 'Liberty Belle'? There are so many opaca varieties out there that it's overwhelming. Please tell us more!
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Holly Society of America, Inc. Ilex opaca 'Liberty Belle ' and Ilex opaca 'Uncle Sam' (male) were selected and introduced years ago to the Nursery trade by Heartwood Nursery. Liberty Belle is unique in that the berries are a matte, magenta -red, smaller than usual, emerald green leaves. The parent plant is densely branched, and growth rate is slower than the species and other opaca selections. 'Uncle Sam is very similar in leaf color, shape, and growth habit. Both were registered this year by Heartwood Nursery with the Holly Society of America. (Sue)
Paul Alan Lightfoot: Wow...lots of berries! What was the yellow berried holly in your wreath?
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Holly Society of America, Inc. The berries were Ilex opaca 'Goldie' picked with Ilex x 'Edward J Stevens ' (Sue)
Dec 6, 2015
Fiery red against a December sky, this is 'China Doll' Chinese holly
(Ilex cornuta), one of this year's Test Hollies distributed to members
of the Holly Society at the national meeting. (Jim)
Dec 3, 2015
'Dwarf Burford' Chinese holly brightens up an early December afternoon. (Jim)
David Klemm: Burford is a really tough holly that can certainly take any
amount of heat that it gets in the Mid-Atlantic. It's early new
growth has been a bit vulnerable to late frosts in my yard.
Nov 20, 2015
Beautiful Ilex opaca 'St. Mary' next to Prunus autumnalis, a
spring and fall-blooming cherry. A combination not seen very often,
due to the beautifully mild weather here in the mid-Atlantic region. (Sue)
Nov 20, 2015
Bright morning sun highlights early-ripening fruit on this
Ilex latifolia hybrid, 'Elizabeth Coleman' (Jim)
Nov 18, 2015
Ilex x Nellie Stevens, an Ilex verticillata x serrata seedling, &
Ilex opaca in the background brighten up a dreary day. (Sue)
Nov 12, 2015
'Red Sprite' winterberry brightens up a commercial landscape in Delaware. This cultivar stays compact, and produces lots of red fruit thanks to a companion planting of the male 'Jim Dandy' just behind it to the left. (Jim)
Nov 8, 2015
John Masek: Holly today St.Louis pic today.
It's survived the "bottom end" of Zone 7 (zero degrees F.) with lots of wind repeatedly in my garden; online vendors claim it's hardy in Zone 6. (Jim)
Nov 4, 2015
National Meeting 2015 , Hunt Valley, Maryland. Fifth tour stop at McLean's Nursery.
(photo by F. Gueno) (Sue) — at Carney, Parkville, Maryland.
Nov 2, 2015
Ever wonder why they call it 'Old Heavy Berry'? (photos by Paul Lightfoot)
Oct 17, 2015
The cool temperatures this past week have encouraged additional growth spurts on Ilex species such as this Ilex x koehneana. (Sue) ?
Oct 14, 2015
Bold color in the Fall landscape - this winterberry 'Maryland Beauty' will hold its own when surrounded by colorful leaves in the surrounding garden. (Jim) — in Bear, Delaware.
Oct 13, 2015
Note the triangular, oval berries on Ilex opaca 'Cheerful'. Ripening to a bright orange-red, this selection of American Holly is a standout in the fall garden. (Sue)
Oct 8, 2015
People often ask "will my Winterberries get fruit in the shade"? The answer is YES! This Winterberry only receives 2-3 hours of partial Sun per day; the rest of the time is spent in the shade of a Yellowwood tree. (Sue)
And here's a 'Winter Red' growing in the shade of sycamore trees, with plenty of fruit (Jim)
Sept 30, 2015
The color is developing rapidly in the fruit of this winterberry, 'Scarlett O'Hara'. (Jim)
Joan: I wish my winterberry's looked as good as this one. I just found out recently that it required an acid type soil, so I have begun adding the needed acid, they're looking better than before. The leaves were very yellow before I started the treatment.
Sept 18, 2015
Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite' shown here with Aster 'Days Blue' makes for a striking color combination in the Fall garden. (Sue)
Sept 12, 2015
Pretty in purple - this late summer growth flush on a variegated English holly (Jim)
Jim, gorgeous picture ! I'm thinking this coloration might possibly be due to the extreme heat and dry conditions we've been experiencing in our region. What are your thoughts ? (Sue)
Yes, my guess is that it's intense sunlight over the past couple of weeks when this sprig grew. We've had no rain, and almost no cloud cover either during this time. Some hollies (including this one) flush out red or pink in the spring by producing anthocyanins, which act as a sunscreen for new foliage. Unfortunately, the color fades quickly - wouldn't it be fantastic if it persisted? (Jim)
Sept 2, 2015
It may be 94 degrees in the shade, but the fruit set on this Ilex latifolia hybrid, 'Elizabeth Coleman', has us looking forward to a colorful winter display. (Jim)
I love the way the plant is packed with berries, even while very young. Even first-year cuttings have fruit. I'm bringing two to the auction next month. (Jim)
Jim, what is 'Elizabeth Coleman's hardiness? It looks like a really nice plant.
It's tougher than the parent I. latifolia species (just like the koehneana hybrids), hardy at least into Zone 6b. Whether it would survive any colder than that, I don't know. (Jim)
August 31, 2015
This Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is staying cool on Longstalk Holly , Ilex pedunculosa. (Sue)
August 31, 2015
Propagation time! Cuttings of the unusual holly 'Carolina Cone', with its tiny, twisted leaves, taken today, should be rooted before the onset of cold weather. (J. Resch)
August 30, 2015
Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear...well, in this case, a Yellow Bear caterpillar, here caught munching an English holly hybrid. This caterpillar will transform into the big white Virginian Tiger Moth next spring. (J. Resch)
August 24, 2015
What's that bug? Here's a Pawpaw Sphinx caterpillar, which may be found on deciduous and evergreen hollies in late summer. The "eggs" on its back are the cocoons of tiny parasitic wasps. These seem to keep the caterpillar population well under control without any need for insecticides. (J. Resch)
August 4, 2015
Due to the beautiful long summer days and the Blue Moon last week, many Hollies are experiencing an extra "growth spurt" this season. This Ilex opaca ' Maryland Dwarf' has put on 15" since the first spring flush. (Sue) — in Felton, Pennsylvania.
yes, the additional light from two full moons in one month in combination with the long days definitely trigger certain species (including Hollies ) to put out an extra flush of growth. When I propagate holly cuttings in the greenhouse, for example, I start increasing their photoperiod around the end of February by leaving the lights on an extra hour per day. This induces an early flush, which allows them to be ready for shipping sooner. (Sue)
August 2, 2015
Welcoming summer rains, a few out-of-season flowers have appeared on this male Chinese holly seedling. (J. Resch)
July 22, 2015
One of my favorite hollies! 'Miss Helen' never fails to produce a heavy crop of fruit and provides lots of holiday greenery to share with friends. And the birds love it too! (J. Resch)
July 20, 2015
The original Ilex opaca 'Miss Helen' in 1938 at 12 years of age. Fast forwarding to the present, Bill Kuhl of McLean Nurseries holding the 1938 picture sitting under 'Miss Helen' today. (Sue)
July 15, 2015
'Christmas Snow' is one of the nicer variegated American hollies - a slow growing accent plant but worth the wait. (J. Resch)
Love this ! Jim, can you tell us the difference between Christmas Snow and Stewards Silver Crown ? (Sue)
I find them to be very similar - 'Christmas Snow' was another of Lin Steward's introductions, and was (I think) a branch sport of 'Steward's Silver Crown'. In fact, it was first sold as 'Silver Crown Improved'. I think it has a bit wider band of white/cream on the leaf margins, but both plants are so variable in their appearance you can find a lot of difference between individual sprigs (and perhaps also in cuttings grown from them). Both are females with fruits which appear striped over the summer but turn red in the fall. (Jim)
June 24, 2015
This all-white branch sport appeared on a variegated English holly, Ilex aquifolium 'Argenteo-Marginata', as if this eye-catching plant needed any further adornment. (J. Resch)
Unfortunately, this won't last beyond this season in our climate. The all-white sports are the first to die off in the winter. Without chlorophyll, the white leaves don't store up sugars which would act as antifreeze. (Jim)
And interestingly enough, sports such as this one will root very well from cuttings, but don't live long. (Sue)
June 22, 2015
So excited to see these roots on Ilex opaca 'Lin's Gold' , a beautiful variegated American Holly. A limited number of these will be available at the HSA National Meeting in October. (Sue)
Lin's Gold was once available from Fairweather Gardens. The University of Delaware has one plant from there - here is the springtime foliage on this attractive male plant.
Carl Suk Does anyone know the history behind this CV? Has anyone heard from Ron Solt? He probably knows.
'Lins Gold' was discovered by Linwood Steward, the same person who introduced Ilex opaca 'Steward's Silver Crown' , another beautiful variegated American holly.
June 19, 2015
Here's Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch', a Japanese holly with tiny, soft new growth. Great for foundation planting! (J. Resch)
June 12, 2015
Holly Society of America group at the Holly Farm in Millville NJ
June 10, 2015
Who can resist the lush, emerald-green foliage of Ilex glabra (Inkberry). One of the few native evergreens that can tolerate standing water ; a perfect choice for rain gardens. (Sue)
It makes a great foundation plant too, surviving occasional flooding from lawn sprinklers which would doom yews and boxwoods. (Jim)
June 4, 2015
This male Japanese holly, Ilex crenata 'Steeds Upright', produces abundant tiny white flowers with a subtly sweet scent. (J. Resch)
May 28, 2015
Ilex verticillata 'Elfman' is a male Winterberry that is very compact and dwarf in habit. The leaves are extremely small, and bright emerald green. It is a beautiful, tidy holly for the small garden, and will pollinate early - blooming female Winterberries. (S.Hunter)
May 26, 2015
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Holly Society of America, Inc. Yes, very sad but true. I think a lot of it has to do with children not playing outdoors as much, and not being exposed to the natural world at a young age. It all started with the technology boom in the 1980s, ie video games, computers, cell phone, etc etc etc. (Sue)
May 22, 2015
We love this color...new growth on Ilex 'Solar Flare' contrasts nicely with the dark green groundcover Euonymus fortunei 'Kewensis'. (J. Resch)
May 20, 2015
The hollies are flowering, and the pollinators are as busy as, well, you know...
May 13, 2015
Is anyone else growing this unusual holly, Ilex sugerokii? It has these tiny flowers on long peduncles, just flowering now on new wood. It will be interesting to see if pollen from any other species in the garden will fertilize it. (J. Resch)
This plant is from one grown at Longwood Gardens (Zone 6b) since 1982, so it's seen some temperatures below 0 over the years.
May 8, 2015
Bring on the bees! Droplets of nectar appear on these freshly-opened female holly flowers, Ilex x altaclerensis 'Camelliifolia'.
May 5, 2015
Can't have enough good males in the landscape - male hollies, that is. Here's the I. cornuta x pernyi hybrid 'Hugger', an excellent consort for early-blooming female hollies. 'Hugger' is a recent introduction from Charles Anderson of Owings Mills, MD, registered with the Holly Society of America in 2011. (J. Resch)
April 24, 2015
There are lots of flowers this year on these China Girl hollies, Ilex rugosa x cornuta 'Mesog'. Should bring lots of berries! (J. Resch)
David Osborn: Drupes not berries.
April 21, 2015
The first holly flowers of spring are a welcome sight after a long, hard winter. These are on the cornuta x pernyi hybrid, 'Lydia Morris' (J. Resch)
April 10, 2015
Ilex vomitoria 'Shilling's Dwarf' bonsai at Selby Gardens, Sarasota, Florida
April 7, 2015
Ilex x 'Red Beauty' still holding fruit at McLean Nursery. Hardy to Zone 6, this is the perfect holly for the small garden. Any male Ilex aquipernyi or male Ilex x meservae will pollinate. (Sue)
Mine looked good through the winter too, until the white-throated sparrows discovered the fruit. Can't begrudge them the winter meal! (Jim)
March 16, 2015
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day - here's 'Irish Eyes', a new female hybrid we're evaluating. She has bright red berries, and the prettiest shiny green leaves in the landscape this winter. (Jim Resch)
March 6, 2015
Somehow the birds missed a few berries on this American holly, 'Farage'. (Jim Resch)
March 2, 2015
In like a lion - a March 1st ice storm coats this Dragon Lady holly
(Ilex x aquipernyi 'Meschick'). (Jim Resch)
February 27, 2015
Ilex crenata 'Steeds' encased in ice. (Jim Resch)
February 26, 2015
Patiently waiting for spring - the variegated American Holly, Ilex opaca 'Steward's Silver Crown' wears a dusting of snow. (Jim Resch)
February 16, 2015
The berries were stripped from these Savannah Hollies, Ilex x attenuata 'Savannah'. Fortunately, the security cams caught the culprit. Unfortunately, the trees were destroyed in the process. (Joe Corio)
February 16, 2015
Surviving the cold blast, these Ilex opaca 'Satyr Hill' cuttings are quite comfy at 55 degrees inside! (S.Hunter)
February 11, 2015
With bright red berries and glossy green foliage, Ilex cornuta 'China Doll' has been chosen as our Test Holly for 2015. It will be distributed to attendees at our Annual Meeting, Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, in Hunt Valley, MD. Mark your calendars! (Jim Resch)
January 28, 2015
Winterberry, Ilex verticillata 'Maryland Beauty' on a snowy day (S.Hunter)
January 16, 2015
Thanks so much to all of our enthusiastic volunteers from the Chesapeake Chapter who donated their time and effort this week to MANTS.
Mike, David, Ed, Jim, Charles, Gerry, Bill, Cathy, Janet, Margo, and Frank, your help was greatly appreciated !
And thanks to Sue Hunter for organizing and setting up the booth! MANTS is a tremendous opportunity to get exposure for the Holly Society, and to educate the broader landscaping community to use more (and different) hollies. Plus, we get to sign up new members!
January 15, 2015
Day 2 at the Mid Atlantic Nursery Trade Show , having a great day with Jim Resch, Charles Anderson, and Gerry Godfrey — at The Baltimore Convention Center.
January 14, 2015
Ed Kelly and Mike Pontii at the Holly Society of America booth #473 at MANTS - come visit! — at The Baltimore Convention Center.
January 9, 2015
'Longwood Gold' is the nicest of the yellow-berried attenuata hybrids, with abundant fruiting and deep green foliage. Here's a nice planting at the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens. (J. Resch)
January 8, 2015
American Robin fueling up yesterday in downtown Richmond, VA, as the temperature dropped. 12 degrees this morning. 1/7/15. Mary Ellen Norrisey HodgesBirds of the eastern United States
January 2, 2015
Holly of the Year for 2015 - Ilex crenata 'Helleri'. This low-growing, evergreen holly adopts a naturally rounded shape without pruning, making it an excellent choice for foundation plantings. Shown here in winter, frost crystals delicately outline the plant's leaves.
January 2, 2015
The range of Ilex verticillata is amazing !
Michigan holly, or winterberry, is a beautiful native shrub that grows all over our 9-county service area. In wet areas, it can become a dense thicket; in dry areas, it will remain a compact shrub. Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) is most beautiful this time of year, when the red berries contrast against the white snow. And birds love to eat the berries. Nate found this growing on the Heath Road property in Barry County.