We have available 20 different types of hollies at Highland Hill Farm. See How We Dig and Our Efforts in Producing Many of Our Trees and Shrubs. Although most often associated with Christmas, hollies are used to good advantage in gardens as specimen trees or foundation plantings providing attractive decoration the year round. This feature of year round interest is complimented by fresh wreaths that can be made from trimmings at Christmas.
There are many species of hollies we offer, one of which, the Inkbery grows from 4 to 15 feet in height and features lustrous dark green leaves and black berries. Another other, Winterberry, is a deciduous plant with red berries. It grows to a height of about eight feet and is extremely hardy. We offer new hybrids, known as the Blue Hollies. These resemble the traditional varieties but are reliable choices for growing conditions in the eastern United States. Many cultivars are now available, but two of the proven varieties for our area are "Blue Prince" and "Blue Princess".
These plants respond well to clipping and make excellent hedges. They also perform better than most hollies to exposed areas and strong winds.
New strains and cultivars are being developed all the time, so we shall offer more interesting possibilities for our garden customers in the near future. If you don't see what you want here, E-Mail Us
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Within the Ilex family there are many species, both deciduous and evergreen. For berry production, male and female plants need to be planted; one male plant will pollinate 4 to 6 females.
Blue or Meserve Holly (Ilex x meserveae) is a medium sized broadleaf evergreen shrub with dark , waxy blue-green foliage and attractive berries on the female plants. Varieties include 'Blue Prince' & 'Blue Princess', and 'Blue Maid', 'China Girl' and 'China Boy',and 'Blue Boy' & 'Blue Girl'.
Inkberry Holly (Ilex glabra) is a broadleaf evergreen shrub with an attractive upright, oval growth habit and dark green lustrous leaves. Inkberry is a good alternative to boxwood where a taller and faster growing broadleaf evergreen is needed. It is one of the few evergreen shrubs that can thrive on a wet site. The Inkberry produces tiny fruit and does not need a pollinator.
Location: Evergreen hollies do best in partial shade and a protected site. (China Girl and China Boy are the exception, able to take full sun). Do not plant in open areas or a south or west facing location where they may be subject to drying winter winds. Winterberry deciduous holly, can be planted in sun or partial shade. Best fruit production will be in a sunny site.
Soil Preparation: Hollies prefer moist, well-drained, acid soil high in organic matter. Amend soil with peat or well composted tree bark at planting and apply an acid fertilizer such as ‘Holly-tone’ in spring following the directions on the product label.
Pruning: Prune Blue or Meserve and Winterberry Hollies carefully. Next year’s flower buds are set on the current season’s growth by the beginning of summer. Pruning after this time will remove next year’s flowers and therefore berries will be affected. The Inkberry hollies can tolerate light to moderate shearing. This will help promote compact growth. Shearing the hollies is essential for they will become leggy.
Mulching Mulch with a 3” layer of shredded hardwood bark to maintain soil temperature and preserve moisture. This is most important to have in place durring the fall for winter protection of the hollies.
For ornamental fall and winter fruits, Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata) is a one of the best. It is a native deciduous shrubs for ornamental fall and winter fruits. Winterberry is also a top selection for wet areas. It naturally thrives in wet clay soils. Its stems, covered with Berries, make great long-lasting winter decorations.We sell afew of the many varieties. My vavorite is ‘Sparkleberry’, a compact cultivar with bright red fruit.
Watering: Make sure all your Hollies receive at least 1” of water per week until the ground freezes.
On our farms we raise and sell nursery stock from seedlings to large caliber trees. We also offer infomation on the web ABOUT SEEDLINGS ,
and how to CARE for seedlings and nursery stock. If you buy your seedling from us you will have
access to the free use of our planters.We have three types available for use and have had years of experience in planting seedlings. Our PLANTING EQUIPTMENT is located in Doylestown and Milan Pa. We are dedicated to helping you with your plant needs. You will find ARTICLES we have written to help you and explain how we do what we do. We will be glad to assist you. We welcome everyone to come to our farm, if we have time we will give you a tour and show you how we built up our nursery. There are no trade secrets to our operation and we feel that in helping you we will become sharper ourselves. Our phone number is 215 345 0946.
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