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PlantFiles: Mary Nell Holly
Ilex 'Mary Nell'

Family: Aquifoliaceae (a-kwee-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ilex (EYE-leks) (Info)
Cultivar: Mary Nell

Synonym:Ilex x

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
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Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kittycat2 On Apr 13, 2008, kittycat2 from Moss Point, MS wrote:

Gorgeous foliage all year long. Mine are 10 years old, but do not make many blooms, therefore, not many berries. How can I encourage it to bloom? I live within 15 miles from where it was developed, in south Alabama, so it's not habitat. The foliage is so beautiful that it makes up for lack of berries.

Positive claypa On Dec 11, 2006, claypa from West Pottsgrove, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Ilex 'Mary Nell' is a controlled cross of Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii' and Ilex pernyi 'Red Delight', crossed with Ilex latifolia

Ilex 'Mary Nell' = ( I. cornuta 'Burfordii' x I. pernyi 'Red Delight') x I. latifolia

Maybe hardy in zone 6?

In the 1980's, a group of open-pollinated seedlings of 'Mary Nell' were selected by Mitch Magee, and are known as the Red Holly hybrids, Cardinal™, Festive™, Little Red™, Oak Leaf™, and Robin™.


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

Albertville, Alabama
Niceville, Florida
Lexington, Kentucky
Elkton, Maryland
Moss Point, Mississippi
Rowlett, Texas

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