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Where did Holly come from?

Where did Holly come from?

Ilex aquifolium, the holly, common holly, English holly, European holly, or occasionally Christmas holly, is a species of flowering plant in the family Aquifoliaceae, native to western and southern Europe, northwest Africa, and southwest Asia.

Where does Holly naturally grow?

Ilex opaca, the American holly, is a species of holly, native to the eastern and south-central United States, from coastal Massachusetts south to central Florida, and west to southeastern Missouri and eastern Texas.

Is Holly a bush or a tree?

Holly, (genus Ilex), genus of some 600 species of shrubs and trees in the family Aquifoliaceae, distributed nearly worldwide. Several species are cultivated as ornamentals for their distinctive foliage and red or black fruits, which persist into winter and are popular Christmas decorations.

Is holly native to UK?

The holly is native in the UK and across Europe, North Africa and western Asia. It is common in woodland, scrub and hedgerows, especially in oak and beech woodland.

What makes Holly berries poisonous?

Holly leaves and berries are most toxic when they are immature, and are least toxic in winter. The leaves are lined with sharp spines that can cause injury. The saponins in the berries may cause GI upset when ingested in large quantities, but there is scant evidence of this.

How can you tell if a holly plant is male or female?

The best way to determine the sex of holly plants is by examining the flowers, which are located between the leaf and branch joint. Although the small clusters of creamy white flowers are similar in appearance, males have more prominent stamens than females.

How long do holly berries last?

Properly refrigerated Holly will stay fresh and display-worthy for around 2-3 weeks before it begins to dry up and lose foliage.

How quickly does Holly grow?

Holly hedges plants have a slow growth rate of approximately 10-15cm each year. They will create a thick, decorative display reaching a height of up to 4m.

Do Holly plants need sun?

Holly bushes do best in well-drained, moderately acidic soil, in full sun.

Which is the fastest growing holly?

Regardless of its proximity to others in the species, Nellie Stevens Hollies are considered fast-growing trees, and they can grow as much as 3 feet a year.

How often should you fertilize Holly?

Feed in the Spring and late Fall at half the Spring rate. Blooming evergreens like azaleas and rhododendron are best fed in the spring at the first hint of bloom color. Berry crops should be fed twice; early spring and late spring (45-60 days apart). Never apply fertilizer to frozen soils.