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kitty's Journal

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why have my holly trees no berries

13 December 2011 20:04:06
why have my holly trees no berries

why have my holly trees no berries

i have two holly trees, they are a good size but no sign of any berries, the trees are at least 10 years old, one is green with yellow margin and the other is silver with margin with green centre, they are about 10 feet away from each other. would love to have berries.

can someone tell me why this happened


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Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 13 December 2011 20:31:40

Are they both male plants?

Paddy 


Rachel Rachel 13 December 2011 20:56:55

Did you ever have berries before?

Either you have a male tree or

you have a female tree which has not been pollinated by nearby male trees.


kitty kitty 13 December 2011 21:16:28

the picture above is silver queen( male)  and the one in the second picture is golden king (female). i never had berries so i am wondering are they too far a way from each other, now that i think of it that could be the problem. might have to get a another one of golden king or simular


Conrad Conrad 14 December 2011 13:01:12

Ten feet isn't all that far, perhaps your plants were mislabelled and you've two males?

 


kitty kitty 14 December 2011 13:54:46

i checked on the bbc plant finder conrad and the two varieties are a male and a female, that used to comfuse me about the ilex because of the opposite name to variety, i will check the leaf again but as far as i know i have the male and female, my father in law bought them for us years ago as a house warming present


Conrad Conrad 14 December 2011 18:34:57

Maybe have a look at the small flowers in spring to see which they are, here's a link showing the difference.

http://learn.uci.edu/oo/getOCWPage.php?course=OC0111223&lesson=005&topic=011&page=10

 


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