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Ilex - Hollies

Ilex (Holly) is a vast genus of more than 400 species of deciduous or evergreen shrubs and trees. Grown for their handsome foliage, usually spiny and glossy, and their colorful berries, hollies are generally trouble free and easy to grow. They are ideal for woodland gardens, as specimens, as hedges, or in rock gardens, depending on the species. Almost all holly species are dioecious, therefore you will need to plant both males and females if you desire fruit.


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Ilex 'Red Beauty' (Holly)

Vigorous and well-branched, Ilex 'Red Beauty' is a compact, upright, evergreen shrub of pyramidal habit with excellent year round interest. When pollinated by a male blue holly, it produces a profusion of attractive bright red berries from fall into winter. Extremely showy, they enliven the winter landscape and attract birds. The shiny foliage of small, spiny leaves remains dark green throughout the winter. 'Red Beauty' is a female plant and needs a male pollinator to produce the attractive red berries, such as 'Blue Prince', 'Blue Boy' or 'Blue Stallion'

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Ilex aquifolium 'Ferox Argentea' (Hedgehog Holly)

Award-winning Ilex aquifolium 'Ferox Argentea' (Hedgehog Holly) is a large, bushy evergreen shrub with small, shiny, spiny leaves, both on the upper leaf surface and along the edges. Borne on rich purple twigs, the foliage is adorned with broad creamy-white edges.

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Ilex crenata 'Brass Buckle' (Japanese Holly)

Ilex crenata 'Brass Buckle' is a dwarf evergreen Japanese Holly with a shiny foliage of small, clear yellow, burn-resistant leaves, which retains its golden color all year long. This petite evergreen is perfectly suited to edging walks and borders, as a container plant, or as a striking accent in a rock garden.

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Ilex crenata 'Patti O' (Japanese Holly)

Ilex crenata 'Patti O' is a narrow, columnar evergreen Japanese Holly with a shiny foliage of small, extremely dark green leaves, which holds all year. This petite evergreen of refined habit is perfect for small gardens and decorative containers where it provides an elegant, exclamation point.

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Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil' (Japanese Holly)

A very distinctive holly, Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil' is a slow growing, narrow, strongly columnar evergreen Japanese Holly with a shiny foliage of convex, dark green leaves, which holds all year. Small black fruits follow the tiny white flowers in late summer and fall. 'Sky Pencil' is a female cultivar which needs a male pollinator in order to produce fruit. Introduced by the US National Arboretum, its pencil-thin growth habit makes it perfect for small gardens.

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Ilex crenata 'Sky Pointer' (Japanese Holly)

Ilex crenata 'Sky Pointer' is a narrow, pyramidal evergreen Japanese Holly with a shiny foliage of fairly flat, dark green leaves, which holds all year. Vigorous, with a tight upright branching, it is perfect for formal gardens and provides an elegant, vertical accent in the landscape. Adds some architecture to decorative containers too.

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Ilex glabra 'Gem Box' (Inkberry)

Ilex glabra 'Gem Box' (Inkberry) is a dwarf, broadleaf evergreen of compact, rounded habit with a lush foliage of small, dainty, dark green leaves adorned with attractive red tips during the spring flush. It maintains good branching right to the ground so it never looks bare-legged. In spring, it produces inconspicuous small greenish-white flowers. Resembling boxwood, it is a good substitute as it is resistant to disease, pests, and winter burn. Highly adaptable, its modest size makes it ideal for small gardens or containers.

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Ilex glabra 'Shamrock' (Inkberry)

Ilex glabra 'Shamrock' (Inkberry) is an evergreen, stoloniferous shrub of compact, rounded habit with a slender foliage of thick, spineless, dark green leaves. In late spring to early summer, it produces abundant small greenish-white flowers that are followed by a profusion of dark blue-black berries in fall. Particularly attractive, they enliven the winter landscape and often persist through the winter unless eaten by birds. 'Shamrock' is a female plant and needs a male pollinator to produce the attractive blue berries. Its modest size makes it ideal for small gardens

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Ilex glabra 'Strongbox' (Inkberry)

Ilex glabra 'Strongbox' (Inkberry) is an evergreen, stoloniferous shrub of compact, rounded habit with a lush foliage of thick, spineless, blue-green leaves. In spring, it produces inconspicuous small greenish-white flowers. Resembling boxwood, it is a good substitute as it is resistant to disease, pests, and winter burn. Highly adaptable, its modest size makes it ideal for small gardens.

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Ilex verticillata 'Berry Heavy Gold' (Winterberry)

Noted for its heavy crop of red berries, Ilex verticillata 'Berry Heavy Gold' (Winterberry) is a useful shrub with excellent year round interest. This deciduous holly produces abundant small greenish-white flowers that are followed by a profusion of big, bright golden berries in fall and winter. Extremely attractive, they enliven the winter landscape and often persist into early spring unless eaten by birds. The foliage consists in elliptic, toothed, glossy, dark green leaves. 'Berry Heavy Gold' is a female plant and needs a male pollinator, such as 'Mr. Poppins' to produce the attractive golden berries.

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Ilex verticillata 'Berry Heavy' (Winterberry)

Noted for its heavy crop of red berries, Ilex verticillata 'Berry Heavy' (Winterberry) is a useful shrub with excellent year round interest. This deciduous holly produces abundant small greenish-white flowers in late spring that are followed by a profusion of bright red berries in fall and winter. Extremely attractive, they enliven the winter landscape and often persist into early spring unless eaten by birds. The foliage consists in elliptic, toothed, glossy, dark green leaves. 'Berry Heavy' is a female plant and needs a male pollinator, such as 'Mr. Poppins' to produce the attractive red berries.

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Ilex verticillata 'Berry Poppins' (Winterberry)

Perfect for small spaces, Ilex verticillata 'Berry Poppins' (Winterberry) is a dwarf shrub with excellent year round interest. This deciduous holly produces abundant small greenish-white flowers in late spring or early summer that are followed by a profusion of bright red berries in fall and winter. Extremely attractive, they enliven the winter landscape and often persist into early spring unless eaten by birds. The foliage consists in elliptic, toothed, glossy, dark green leaves. 'Berry Poppins' is a female plant and needs a male pollinator, such as 'Mr. Poppins' to produce the attractive red berries.

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Ilex verticillata 'Jim Dandy' (Winterberry)

Ilex verticillata 'Jim Dandy' (Winterberry) is a dwarf deciduous shrub of upright, rounded habit with elliptic, glossy, dark green leaves that turn purplish green to yellow in fall. This deciduous holly produces abundant small greenish-white flowers in early to mid-summer, making it a good pollinator for other winterberries. 'Jim Dandy' is a male plant that does not get fruit but will serve to pollinate female varieties such as 'Berry Heavy' or 'Red Sprite' to produce the attractive berries.

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Ilex verticillata 'Little Goblin Guy' (Winterberry)

Perfect for small spaces, Ilex verticillata 'Little Goblin Guy' (Winterberry) is a dwarf deciduous shrub with elliptic, toothed, glossy, dark green leaves. 'Little Goblin Guy' is a male plant that does not get fruit but will serve to pollinate female varieties such as 'Little Goblin Red' or 'Little Goblin Orange' to produce the attractive berries.

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Ilex verticillata 'Little Goblin Orange' (Winterberry)

Perfect for small spaces, Ilex verticillata 'Little Goblin Orange' (Winterberry) is a dwarf shrub with excellent year round interest. This deciduous holly produces abundant small greenish-white flowers in late spring to mid-summer that are followed by a profusion of bright, extra-large orange berries in fall and winter. Particularly attractive, they enliven the winter landscape and often persist into early spring unless eaten by birds. The foliage consists in elliptic, toothed, glossy, dark green leaves. 'Little Goblin Orange' is a female plant and needs a male pollinator, such as 'Little Goblin Guy' to produce the attractive orange berries.

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Ilex verticillata 'Little Goblin Red' (Winterberry)

Perfect for small spaces, Ilex verticillata 'Little Goblin Red' (Winterberry) is a dwarf shrub with excellent year round interest. This deciduous holly produces abundant small greenish-white flowers in late spring that are followed by a profusion of bright, extra-large red berries in fall and winter. Particularly attractive, they enliven the winter landscape and often persist into early spring unless eaten by birds. The foliage consists in elliptic, toothed, glossy, dark green leaves. 'Little Goblin Red' is a female plant and needs a male pollinator, such as 'Little Goblin Guy' to produce the attractive red berries.

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Ilex verticillata 'Mr. Poppins' (Winterberry)

Perfect for small spaces, Ilex verticillata 'Mr. Poppins' (Winterberry) is a dwarf deciduous shrub with elliptic, toothed, glossy, dark green leaves. 'Mr. Poppins' is a male plant that does not get fruit but will serve to pollinate female varieties such as 'Berry Poppins' to produce the attractive red berries.

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Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite' (Winterberry)

Native to the swampy areas of Eastern North America, Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite' (Winterberry) is a dwarf shrub with excellent year round interest. This deciduous holly produces abundant small greenish-white flowers in late spring or early summer that are followed by a profusion of bright red berries in fall and winter.

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Ilex verticillata 'Wildfire' (Winterberry)

Ilex verticillata 'Wildfire' (Winterberry) is a wonderful shrub with excellent year round interest. This deciduous holly produces abundant small, pure white flowers in late spring that are followed by a profusion of bright red berries in fall and winter. Extremely attractive, they enliven the winter landscape and often persist into early spring unless eaten by birds. The foliage consists in elliptic, toothed, glossy, dark green leaves. 'Wildfire' is a female plant and needs a male pollinator, such as 'Jim Dandy' to produce the attractive red berries. A wonderful holly to add color and interest to the winter landscape and attract wildlife

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Ilex verticillata 'Winter Gold' (Winterberry)

Acclaimed for its heavy fruiting, Ilex verticillata 'Winter Gold' is a slow-growing, multi-stemmed shrub with an upright-rounded habit.

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Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red' (Winterberry)

Valued for its heavy fruit set and persistence, Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red' is widely regarded as one of the best winterberries. Slow-growing, this multi-stemmed, deciduous winterberry holly enjoys a shapely oval form and produces abundant small greenish-white flowers in late spring or early summer. They are followed by a profusion of magnificent cherry red berries from fall throughout winter.

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Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Princess' (Blue Holly)

One of the most popular female hybrid holly selections, Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Princess' is a bushy, spreading, broadleaf evergreen shrub with excellent year round interest. It produces abundant small white flowers in spring that give way to a profusion of attractive bright red berries in fall. Extremely showy, they enliven the winter landscape and persist throughout winter. This holly variety also offers dark purple stems and glossy, dark blue-green, spiny-toothed leaves. 'Blue Princess' is a female plant and needs a male pollinator to produce the attractive red berries

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Ilex x meserveae 'Castle Spire' (Blue Holly)

Vigorous and well-branched, Ilex x meserveae 'Castle Spire' is a compact, upright, evergreen shrub of pyramidal habit with excellent year round interest. It produces small white flowers in spring that give way to a profusion of attractive bright red berries in fall. Extremely showy, they enliven the winter landscape and persist throughout winter. The shiny foliage of small, oval, serrated leaves remains dark green throughout the winter. 'Castle Spire' is a female plant and needs a male pollinator to produce the attractive red berries, such as 'Castle Wall'.

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Ilex x meserveae 'Castle Wall' (Blue Holly)

Vigorous and well-branched, Ilex x meserveae 'Castle Wall' is a compact, upright, evergreen shrub of pyramidal habit with excellent year round interest, thanks to its shiny foliage of small, oval, serrated leaves, that remains dark green throughout the winter. 'Castle Wall' is a male plant that does not get fruit but will serve to pollinate female varieties like Castle Spire to produce the attractive red berries. Ideal for hedges, foundation plantings, or even as a dramatic specimen, this is an outstanding plant for the winter landscape.

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