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Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata' - is it a self fertile form, or not?

dappledshadedappledshade Top of the Hill, North London Posts: 926
edited February 2020 in Plants
Just this really.
On some sites, it appears as being a female, whilst on others it is sold as a self fertile female that bears berries regardless of whether there is a male plant nearby, or not.

There are no other hollies nearby and as my garden isn’t huge, I’m really looking for e self fertile, berry bearing type. I like the idea of variegated leaves too, if possible.
Also, where would you buy yours from?

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,561
    It's female.  Have a look at ilex aquifolium Silver JC Van Tol which is self fertile.

    If local GCs and nurseries don't have it try RHS online, Crocus or Ashwood nurseries - all reputable suppliers.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • dappledshadedappledshade Top of the Hill, North London Posts: 926
    Thanks!
  • dappledshadedappledshade Top of the Hill, North London Posts: 926
    Ah, I’ve just spotted that they don’t have very prickly leaves at all.
    I ought to have mentioned that the corner I have planned for the holly, is a weak spot, security wise, in our london garden and so prickly types would be preferable.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,561
    Go for pyracantha instead - evergreen, very prickly, self-fertile, spring blossom for nectar and a choice of yellow, orange or red berries for autumn.  Can be trained, clipped, shaped and is a great host for wildlife.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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