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Ilex verticillata

The flowers (in this case male flowers) of Winterberry are ornamentally insignificant, and occur tucked in the leaf axils in very late Spring and early Summer. In order to ensure good pollination and heavy fruit set, plant one male holly for every three to five female hollies in the landscape. Two more points are important: the male can be much smaller than the females and sited close by (but not necessarily next to the females), and the male should be in flower at the same time as the females (most female Winterberry cultivars are sold with an appropriate "early" or "late" flowering male).



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