The other day I asked Joseph Panossian, Homestead's Woodies Guy, for his top pick in the Woodies Department right now and he practically ran to grab a 'Blue Princess' holly. They're great for that "winter interest" that garden writers are always recommending, and here's lots more about them, thanks principally to the world-famous Missouri Botanic Garden website. Oh, and they're 50% off.
- Height can reach 12' at maturity but with "minimal pruning", they can be kept shorter.
- Leaves are dark green and glossy.
- Surprisingly soft (not sharp or cutting) to the touch (for a holly).
- Berries are bright red.
- Happy in USDA Zones 5-8.
- Best grown in full sun (6 hours a day) but fine in part shade.
- Best grown in acidic soil. (So fertilize with Hollytone or similar product for acid-loving plants? See comment below.)
For berries, gotta have a Prince
Blue Princess hollies need a male pollinator in order to have berries, but not a lot of them - one Prince can service up to five Princesses.