“Berry Best from Hollywood”
1) Ilex aquifolium ‘Ferox Argentea’ (Variegated Porcupine Holly)
- This “Punk” star is a sterile male with spiny leaves, but obviously no berries.
- But this means it doesn’t contribute to English holly’s invasiveness in the Pacific Northwest.
- Old cultivar in England, first reported in 1662 (Galle).
- Specimen is located in the Eurasian clade (family), W. berm, of the Ilex Collection.
2) Ilex maximowicziana var. kanehirae
- This “Mod” diva has a tidy upright form with black berries.
- Native to China and Japan
- Has gone through many name changes, intermediate between I. crenata and I. triflora.
- Specimen is located in the Asian/North American clade of the Ilex Collection.
3) Ilex opaca ‘Boyce Thompson Xanthocarpa’
- An American holly celebrity which dares to be different, sporting yellow berries.
- Reported to have been discovered in the wild, Mount Vernon, VA, late 1920’s.
- Specimen located in the American clade, S. berm, of the Ilex Collection.
4) Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’ (Winterberry cultivar)
- You don‘t always need to be dressed in leaves, says this scarlet actress.
- Reliable shrub with heavy, bright red fruit set and good berry retention.
- A nice thicket is found along Azalea Way, just north of Lookout Pond.
5) Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’
- This mischievous leading lady has been nothing but trouble!
- Claiming English holly parentage, but also Chinese holly parentage. In any case, no denying she certainly resembles English holly in my book.
- Specimen is located in the Eurasian clade, N. berm, in the Ilex Collection.