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Re: Ilex opaca

UT OH!... Mine was not doing great, so last season I
moved it. After reading your message, it is a goner.


--- 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
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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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