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Greensboro, AL

December 20, 2008
4:40 PM

Post #5911876

Im looking for hollies and what a treat to find them right in the upper right hand corner of my Home page!

Thanks for the overview. Now I just have to translate to hollies for the Southeast.

I had an idea of mixing hollies with camellias.
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)

December 21, 2008
12:47 PM

Post #5914462

Should work fine! You would have btter luck with Ilex cornuta and I. opaca as they are more tolerant of heat.
Bear, DE

December 28, 2008
3:45 PM

Post #5935825

You should have great conditions for growing many hollies, though as Todd mentioned, you might want to try other species such as Ilex cornuta which are better suited to the heat of your summers and relatively mild winters. The Blue Hollies, as a rule, aren't so well suited to the South, but the good news is that you can grow many great varieties which aren't good for us in the North, including numerous new hybrids. There is a great website from Auburn University on "Hollies for the Landscape in the Southeast" which I can recommend for you:

As for camellias and hollies, they're a great combination! They both like the same soil conditions. Gardeners up here are just beginning to discover the newer hybrid camellias, which are much more cold-hardy than the pure species. But you should be able to enjoy them all.
Greensboro, AL

December 28, 2008
7:06 PM

Post #5936367


Thanks for the very relevant information. A lot of commercial landscapers around here (the hospital) use hollies but most residential landscapers stick to the more traditional plants. Not that holly isn't traditional, but azaleas and camellias are staples. If there are trees - they are usually dogwoods.

When I wrote this, people were still pretty skeptical about the hardy camellias.

I hope they are doing well in your area - they are such remarkable plants.
Georgetown, TN

February 4, 2009
11:31 PM

Post #6093987

You might like to look into some of the variegateg varieties of English hollies. I have listed more than 100 varieties. I have about 15 so far and plan to collect as many as i can.

Greensboro, AL

February 5, 2009
1:19 PM

Post #6096055

Thanks, Carmen.

Im looking for native hollies.

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