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Re: Ilex opaca


Nothing's a gonner until it's firewood or compost, Donna:-)  Of
course, if it has totally defoliated or all the foliage is dark
brown...then, I'd tend to worry a tad:-)

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> UT OH!... Mine was not doing great, so last season I
> moved it. After reading your message, it is a goner.
> 
> Donna
> 
> --- Marge Talt <mtalt@hort.net> wrote:
> 
> > Other than soil pH, the only other reason that comes
> > to mind is that
> > the evergreen forms do not like being exposed to
> > harsh winter winds. 
> > In prairie states, without good windbreak
> > protection, it's unlikely
> > that they'd do well even if cold hardy.  Even here
> > in z6b-7a, they
> > will suffer in winter wind.  One wholesale nursery
> > about 20 miles
> > north of me lost their entire crop of 'Nellie
> > Stevens' during one bad
> > winter here - all planted out in a field exposed to
> > what winter gave;
> > owner said he wasn't gonna grow them again:-)  
> > 
> > Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> > mtalt@hort.net
> > Editor:  Gardening in Shade
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> > 
> > ----------
> > > From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> > > 
> > > I think most hollies like at least somewhat acid
> > soil, which we can
> > do some
> > > adjusting for.  But from the listings it looks
> > like for some it's a
> > must
> > > while for others it's not such a big deal.  And
> > the acid soil
> > requirement
> > > certainly doesn't stop our local nurseries from
> > offering Rhodies. 
> > Ilex x
> > > meserveae varieties are always available here. 
> > They're pretty
> > hardy.  But I
> > > don't think I often see much else. I used to think
> > it was because
> > most of
> > > them were more Zone 6 or 7.  Many are, but since
> > I've been
> > searching
> > > recently, I've found there's lots of varieties
> > that can handle Zone
> > 5.  I
> > > don't know why the nurseries don't have them.
> > 
> >
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