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Holly of the Year 2016...

'Maryland Dwarf' was introduced in 1942 by Earle Dilatush, and to this day it remains the best dwarf form of American holly. It rarely grows over three feet tall, even at maturity, but grows horizontally about a foot per year. A typical ten-year old specimen will be about two 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 or 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.

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Help us choose the next special holly! The Holly of the Year committee invites members of the HSA to nominate their favorite hollies to be Holly of the Year. Send up to five (I know its hard to only nominate only five) to Bill Cannon, send them by e-mail to ilexbc@verizon.net. The hollies with the most nominations will get the nod for the next five years.

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2016 Holly of the Year
Ilex opaca ‘Maryland Dwarf’


Holly of the Year

Ilex opaca 'Maryland Dwarf' 6' circumference, a 15 years old specimen.
Photo: Sue Hunter

Holly of the Year

Ilex opaca 'Maryland Dwarf'
Photo: Sue Hunter



 

 

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