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Re: Ilex opaca

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.

neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Cersgarden@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 10:38 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Ilex opaca

> In a message dated 2/22/05 5:35:44 PM, haskell@ameritech.net writes:
> <<  I. opaca does very well here in zone 5; several of the
> local nurseries grow it, but the ones I know best are all wholesale. >>
> Kitty and Josh, why do we not see hollies in our nurseries?  Does it need
> acid soil?
>     Ceres
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