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RE: Ilex opaca


I know at least one of them is female as I have photos of the berries.  The
other is on the side of the garage and I'm not sure that I've seen berries
on it.  I have many types of Ilex on the property ( maybe eight or more
varieties). I always wanted a deciduous holly such as Ilex serrata, but I
don't want to loose sun light or give up the little open space I have.  I
really love hollies and enjoy having bouquets of their branches.  I like to
use Japanese holly, Ilex crenata, in flower arrangements.  It has very tiny,
smooth edged leaves.  My favorite to bring indoors in winter is Ilex x
meserveae 'Blue Girl' with its purplish green stems and dark bluish green
leaves. http://classes.hortla.wsu.edu/hort231/List10/IlmeBGBB.html   I
always have lots of berries on this one. My variegated English holly, I.
aquifolum,  dwarfs the house!  I don't like to cut much from this one as it
is not that dense as it is intertwined with other shrubs.  I'm now growing
some dwarf varieties including Ilex 'Serendipity'. One thing that I hate
about hollies is cleaning up their fallen leaves!   They can really get you!

I'm growing some holly look-alikes such as Osmanthus heterophyllus Goshiki.
Very nice substitute! 

Long Island, NY
Zone 7a (Average min temp 50 - 00)

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