Female Holly shrubs pollination?
I bought 3 female Needlepoint Holly shrubs for our yard. There were no males to purchase along with the females in order to ensure berries for the next season. The sales representative told me that if there is a male holly shrub in my neighborhood, I wouldn’t have to worry about it not being pollinated. He also said it didn’t matter what species it was, as long as it was male. Is this true and how close does it have to be for pollination to occur?
there are few hollies that are picky about their pollinators…. Needlepoint isn’t…. but if you can find a male for your yard, it’s best… more sure….
“Both sexes of holly produce white flowers, but the stamen on the male flower is slightly more prominent.” you can see the difference in these pics…first line
so you gotta go holly shopping when they’re in bloom!…or trust the nursery to have labeled them!…the trick is that the males be in bloom at the same time your girls are…. doesn’t matter what variety the male is, just so he’s in bloom at the same time…..
what’s funny is that after you bring home a male, suddenly all your neighbors trees will bust out in berries!!.. and they’ll wonder WHY…. lol….
there’s even little dwarf males that don’t get in the way that you can plant at the back corner of the yard and forget about….
but if you cannot find one, there’s hope if there’s a good bee population around you… a pollinator can be a mile away and still ‘do’ your girls!…. bees get around!!… especially if you have a woodland area nearby, too…..
Hollies for Gardeners
Richly enshrouded in legend and superstition, valued for a wide variety of uses and prized by gardeners, hollies have always been part of our lives and gardens. Now they are enjoying a peak of popularity as gardeners wake up to their huge diversity of form, foliage and fruit, marvel at their adaptability, and appreciate the wide variety of situations in which they can be used. There is a holly for…