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Holly Bush monoecious or dioecious ?????

18 months ago I bought holly Blue Princess, all bushes had red berries, now 18 months later they all have red berries. There are no other holly trees/bushes within 1/4 of a mile. I bought them from a nursery here in Poland and the lady told me I did not need a male plant, she said they were monecious. I am not complaining, happy to have the berries, but everything I read tells me I need a male bush. Do male bushes have berries ? Is there a new variety of Blue Princess that is monecious?

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,854

    the naming of Holly is pretty weird at times, Golden King is actually female and Silver Queen is male.

    Devon.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,754

    I have thought you'd need a male for the berry production too, but if they all have berries and there are no other hollies round you...if it ain't broke Anthony image

    Perhaps there's one tucked away in a garden that you can't see image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • As far as I know Blue Princess needs a pollinator - there must be one around somewhere, or you have some well travelled pollinating insects in your area. image


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,754

    Perhaps Blue Princess is like Bee caviar pansyface image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Invicta2Invicta2 Posts: 663

    Anthony

    there are some varieties of common holly that bear male and female flowers, J.C. Van Tol is an example, so it is guaranteed to bear fruit.

  • JC Van Tol is a really useful holly.  image

    But according to this website http://www.hedging.co.uk/acatalog/product_17021.html and several others I've checked, Blue Princess is a female and needs a pollinator - my guess is there's a male within bee-flying distance.

    image


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





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