Mark A. Miller
(Altaclara Holly, Lawsoniana Altaclara Holly)
An evergreen holly with handsome foliage, showy fall fruit, and wide adaptability, this small to medium-sized pyramidal tree is a hybrid of English holly (Ilex aquifolium). Its other parent, Ilex perado, comes from Madeira and the Canary and Azore islands.
The broadly oval, untoothed or sparsely toothed leaves are lustrous rich yellow-green to medium-green. Tiny white flowers occur in early spring at the bases of leaves, with male and female flowers occurring on separate plants....
(Aquipern Holly, Hybrid Holly)
Handsome evergreen leaves and showy fall and winter fruit make this a good four-season ornamental plant. A relatively cold-hardy hybrid of English holly (Ilex aquifolium), it gradually forms a large narrowly conical shrub. The shiny, rich green, diamond-shaped leaves have five to seven short spines along their edges. They crowd the greenish to gray stems. Produced on the previous year's growth, the small yellowish flowers appear in spring, with male and female flowers occurring on separate...
(Aquipern Holly, Hybrid Holly, San Jose Holly)
A hybrid whose ancestry includes English holly (Ilex aquifolium), this large evergreen shrub provides year-round interest with its handsome foliage and showy fall and winter fruit. Narrow and conical in habit, it has shiny, rich green, diamond-shaped leaves with five to seven short spines along their edges. Produced on the previous year's growth, the small yellowish female flowers appear in spring. If they receive pollen from a male English holly or English holly hybrid, the flowers give...
Mark A. Miller
(Foster #2 Topal Holly, Topal Holly)
The tough, attractive topal holly is a hybrid between dahoon holly (Ilex cassine) and American holly (I. opaca). The parent plants of this evergreen tree are native to the eastern United States. The Foster hollies were selected by E.E. Foster of Foster Nursery in Bessemer, Alabama, and released in the 1940s. He selected five plants out of his seed beds, giving them numbers one through five. 'Foster #2' is the most important of the lot. It is a vigorous, dense holly with a very narrow...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Fosteri Holly, Topal Holly)
Comprising naturally occurring hybrids of the eastern North American natives Dahoon holly (Ilex cassine) and American holly (I. opaca), Foster hollies typically form a small, pyramidal, evergreen tree. They bear elegant slender glossy leaves with spiny tips. Plants are dioecious, producing only male or female flowers. The small white clustered flowers are borne in the leaf axils of the current year's growth. The round bright red berries occur only on female plants. The handsome...
Gerald L. Klingaman
A hardy hybrid of English holly, Ilex x meserveae is a medium-sized broadleaf evergreen shrub that is prized and much used for its glossy spiny foliage and bright red (or yellow) berries. Produced only on female cultivars, the berries ripen in late summer and persist well into winter. A male cultivar is required for pollination.
These shrubs prefer full to partial sun and moist, well drained, acid soil. They also appreciate a site sheltered from strong wind. They can be used as specimen plants,...
(Blue Boy Holly, Blue Holly)
One of the earliest in a series of cold-hardy hybrids of English holly, 'Blue Boy' is a medium-sized spreading broadleaf evergreen shrub that is prized and much used for its glossy spiny blue-green leaves. The purplish-green ribbed stems are also attractive. Inconspicuous white flowers open in late spring, providing the pollen necessary for the fruiting of related female hollies such as 'Blue Girl.'
This hybrid holly prefers full to partial sun and moist, well drained, acid soil. It also appreciates...
James H. Schutte
(Blue Holly, Blue Prince Holly)
A hardy hybrid of English holly, Ilex x meserveae is a medium-sized broadleaf evergreen shrub that is prized and much used for its glossy spiny foliage and bright red (or yellow) berries. 'Blue Prince' is a male cultivar, which female cultivars such as 'Blue Princess' require for pollination and fruit production.
'Blue Prince' prefers full to partial sun and moist, well drained, acid soil. It also appreciates a site sheltered from strong wind. It can be used as a specimen plant, in hedges, massed,...