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PlantFiles: Possum Haw Holly, Possumhaw, Deciduous Holly
Ilex decidua 'Byers Golden'

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Family: Aquifoliaceae (a-kwee-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ilex (EYE-leks) (Info)
Species: decidua (dee-SID-yoo-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Byers Golden
Hybridized by M. D. Byers; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1959

Category:
Shrubs
Trees

Height:
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Deciduous
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral Gardennovice1a On Feb 8, 2010, Gardennovice1a from London
United Kingdom wrote:

Hi there, do you have experience of cutting a Possumhaw right back, so that only 10inch branch stumps remain? Would a Possumhaw eventually sprout from these branch stumps, and would this happen in the first Spring after pruning?

Positive ViburnumValley On Jan 28, 2007, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Byers Golden' possumhaw is an excellent yellow-fruited selection of the underused large deciduous holly group. It is relatively unknown to gardeners outside of arboreta or collectors. The copious yellow fruit contrast well with other red-fruited plants and display magnificently against the dark green winter foliage of conifers and broadleaved evergreens.

This is a hard plant to obtain, mainly because it is difficult to propagate other than by grafting. The effort is more than rewarded when one observes the plant in full fruit in winter.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky



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