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Holly Bush Flowers

I have a holly bush, it is about 14 years old, not too tall as we nipped the top to stop it growing tall, but it is getting bushy now. But my question / concern is, why does my holly bush keep flowering, at least twice a year but the flowers never turn to berries? It gets plenty of sunshine, plenty of water, lots of insects around, sheltered from the wind, what am I not doing?






  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    You need male and female bushes to get most hollies to berry.  A few are self fertile but yours can't be one of them.

    You either have a male bush or a female with no males to pollinate.

    Close inspection of the flowers against a good diagram of the male and female flowers will tell you which you have.


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • happymarionhappymarion Posts: 4,591

    Hello Linda.  Yes you need both sexes.  My mail bush is flowering for the second time now but the females are covered in berries with no flowers so looks like you have a male.  You can buy females covered in berries right now.

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