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May 25, 2017
Lush new growth on Ilex opaca 'Maryland Dwarf ' and 'Miss Helen' (Sue)

Mine are in full bloom. I'm worried about pollination because it's been cold and wet so long. (Paul)

And for me in Delaware, the opacas are just about finished, while the verticillatas and crenatas are beginning. (Jim)

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May 17, 2017
I wish you could smell this - American Holly 'Satyr Hill' in full bloom has an amazing scent. (Jim)

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May 6, 2017
One of my favorite American Hollies to grow is Ilex opaca 'Bear Crossing', a selection made in Bear, Delaware by an HSA member. (Sue)

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May 4, 2017
This Ilex koehneana is a sport from Ilex koehneana 'Wirt Winn'. It is very compact and dense, foliage and internodes much smaller and shorter. At 20 years of age and only 8' tall, it is proving to be a future introduction. (Sue)

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April 27, 2017
Flower power - abundant flowers cluster along the stem of this Yule Brite holly (Ilex x koehneana 'Conayule') (Jim)

 I think 'Yule Bright' is the one that colors up more quickly, right? (Paul)

Yes, that has been my experience. Mine develops red color earlier than my other koehneana hollies 'Lassie', 'San Jose', 'Martha Berry', or 'Hohman'. I think this could be a really pretty plant, but mine has gotten beaten up over the years by maple roots, falling limbs, and the neighbor's children. Still it hangs on! (Jim)

My Koehnes are blooming up a storm this year! This is 'Lassie'. If they can have an early spring with warm temps so bees can do their work, most of these berries should mature on schedule and should color up easily this fall. Bees seem to start moving in the mid-60s. (David)

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April 20, 2017
Nice berry set on this I 'Baltimore Blaze".

What is the hybrid makeup of this one? (David)

Parentage has not been accurately determined, but possible contributors could be Ilex cornuta, Ilex pernyi and possibly Ilex x koehneana. (Jim)

 Mine's not quite in bloom. Does it set unfertilized? (Paul)

I believe it does, but it is not a strong set without a pollinator. (Jim)

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April 20, 2017
Landscape ready - these Robin (TM) hollies (Ilex 'Conin') are ready to go out for spring planting in Millville, Delaware. (Jim)

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April 16, 2017
Glowing in the twilight - this Buttercup holly (Ilex cornuta x aquifolium 'Hefcup'), a sport of 'Nellie R. Stevens', looks equally great in full midday sun and at dusk. (Jim)

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April 13, 2017
Not quite there - the colorful flower buds on this hybrid holly 'Virginia' will open in just a day or two. (Jim)

X aquipernyi hybrid? (Michael)

...sister seedling to the National Arboretum's 'Scepter', which is more widely available. (Jim)

Interesting, the leaf looks small for a cross of those two plants. You say scepter is available ? I have had trouble sourcing it. (Michael)

Here in Northern Virginia, we can't find 'Scepter' locally, but we have one nursery that always carries 'Virginia'....from 5 gallon size to huge balled and burlaped. I have two of them now!
(David)

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April 10, 2017
Ilex
x koehneana 'Wirt L.Winn' make a nice screen with Cryptomeria japonica 'Yoshino' in the background. (Sue)

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April 9, 2017
Ilex opaca in the natural landscape. In awe of these plants. Despite growing in soils devoid of nitrogen and organic matter, and constant exposure to salt spray, they thrive. Providing food and shelter to native fauna as well as a spectacular display of color for our enjoyment.
 — in Davis Park, New York.

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April 5, 2017
These rooted cuttings of 'Homefire' holly (Ilex latifolia x cornuta) are the generous gift to the Holly Society from Bold Spring Nursery. They will be grown on and distributed to members at our annual meeting in October as part of our Test Holly program. (Jim)

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March 28, 2017
March madness - after record high temperatures throughout February and up to March 1st, the weather turned unseasonably cold, and repeated overnight lows in the teens have destroyed many holly flower buds. This one is the Chinese holly 'CH-121'. The plants should be fine, but this may be a lean year for fruiting here in Delaware. (Jim)

Michael: Jim, what is the history of 'ch-121' ? I have a former Holly society member who wants to donate one to the arboretum.

Hi, Mike. 'CH-121' may soon be named and registered by Bill Kuhl at McLean Nurseries, but until then, it has only been sold under the 'CH-121' name. Here's what I have on it in Beyond Galle: "In 1985, the Holly Society of America along with the US National Arboretum helped fund a plant exploration trip to South Korea, and as a result Willard T. Witte of the Univ. of Tennessee received small seedlings of I. cornuta collected in Korea (see Holly Society Journal 6(1): 11-14 (1988)). In October 1986 at the Holly Society Annual Meeting in Knoxville, TN, Witte distributed rooted cuttings of the one lot shipped to him as small seedlings; these were numbered CH-1 to CH-129. (see Holly Society Journal 19(1): 11-15 (2001). William Kuhl received plant labeled CH-121. Particularly handsome foliage; has won 1st place in holly sprig contests. Upright pyramidal growth habit, deep olive green glossy leaves. Immature foliage with one spine per side, forward facing, 2-3 mm., and an apical spine, also 2-3 mm., which is strongly reflexed. Apices acute to acuminate on juvenile foliage; marginal spines project farther from the stem than the apices. Mature foliage broadly oval with margins entire; apices acuminate with an apical spine, 2-3 mm. All spines are quite sharp. Intermediate form leaves occur along stems between immature and mature foliage; these have a spine on one marginal side with the other entire. Leaf bases rounded. Heavy flowering, very fragrant, early in season. Some late spring flowers are perfect, i.e. with a small pistil as well as stamens. These may produce small, misshapen fruit. Often produces some flowers in autumn." (Jim)

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March 27, 2017
Almost open - the flower buds on this male Yaupon holly growing near the ocean in Wrightsville Beach, NC will be open in just a few days. (Jim)

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March 25, 2017
A weeping form of Ilex opaca. The wood is weak and it lost 3 feet of its leader last winter.
A male open pollinated seedling of Merry Christmas. (David O)

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March 22, 2017
More flowers! These 'Elizabeth Coleman' cuttings, rooted indoors over the winter,
are definitely pushing the season. (Jim)

Paul: I think that one has more potential hardiness than some. The cuttings look great!

I think so too, Paul. It's never been tested widely, but in my limited experience it takes zero degrees and wind much better than some other hybrids. I hope to have a few plants in time for the national meeting this fall. (Jim)

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March 20, 2017
Yes, it's blooming! On the first day of spring, this Chinese holly seedling began blooming in the warmth of the cold frame. (Jim)

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March 19, 2017
Ilex x attenuata 'Savannah', is a selected cultivar of a hybrid cross between Ilex cassine and Ilex opaca. This variety has broader leaves than most x attenuata varieties, but it has paper thin leaves, and as you can see abundant red berries. Holly Society of America: Long Island

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February 23, 2017
We are Pushing the envelope at Bayard Cutting Arboretum, we recently purchased an assortment of hollies from Woodlanders, camellia forest, and nurseries caroliniana. Most are hardy to zone 7 but we are experimenting with some zone 8 plants in protected areas. Including Ilex paraguariensis(pictured below) or Yerba mate a Holly native to South America and is used to make a caffeinated beverage called Mate. Holly Society of America: Long Island

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February 23, 2017
We are Pushing the envelope at Bayard Cutting Arboretum, we recently purchased an assortment of hollies from Woodlanders, camellia forest, and nurseries caroliniana. Most are hardy to zone 7 but we are experimenting with some zone 8 plants in protected areas. Including Ilex paraguariensis(pictured below) or Yerba mate a Holly native to South America and is used to make a caffeinated beverage called Mate. Holly Society of America: Long Island

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