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I have just bought an ilex aquifolium argentea marginata. Am I correct in thinking this is a female? How near does a male holly need to be to pollinate and which would you recommend please?

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  • Posted: Mon. 4th October 2010 12:28

Re: Ilex aquifolium

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Maggie,
Yes, any holly producing berries is female and I. aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata' is female. The male does not need to be as close as you would think. I have heard reports that up to a mile away is okay. Not sure where you live, but if you are in town, I would think 2-3 blocks is okay. Also depends on how happy/numerous the bees are in your area! If you have a male anywhere in your garden, you're fine.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 4th October 2010 18:17

Re: Ilex aquifolium

Reply from Maggie Baptiste

Thanks Kathy. We live in a rural location so plenty of insect life and we do have a male holly in the garden about 50 yards away, so fingers crossed!

  • Posted: Mon. 4th October 2010 19:46

Re: Re: Ilex aquifolium

Reply from Roy Warrender

Hi I also have this plant in my garden, and would like suggestions for a male Holly of similar size

  • Posted: Thu. 10th April 2014 12:09