Ilex pedunculosa | Longstalk Holly
STRENGTHS
Evergreen and easy. Interesting undulating leaves provides natural grace. Long stalks of red berries attract birds in winter. Nice for an informal hedge of small trees.

CARE
No serious pests or disease. Fine in wet soil.
NOTES
Best placed in place protected from cold winter winds and perhaps not too heat tollerant. Dioecious – needs male to pollinate females to flower and berry. One of the most underutilized hollies and best for cold hardiness. Can be hard to locate.

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ZONES HARDINESS | SUN OR SHADE ….. 5 – 8 | sun to light shade
GROWTH RATE ….. slow to medium
HEIGHT / WIDTH ….. 20’ to 30’/15′
PLANT SHAPE & BRANCHING ….. multi-branced pyramidal, desnse folliage with some loose branches
LEAF FORM & SHAPE ….. 1.5″ to 3″ eliptical with pointed tip, wavey edges without spines
LEAF ARRANGEMENT ….. simple, alternate
LEAF COLOR ….. Evergreen | very beautiful, shiny and smooth dark green resembles ficus, developes yellow cast in exposed sites

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FEATURES, BUDS, FLOWERS, FRUIT
FLOWERS | delicate March-April, white to pale green, not showy
BERRIES | Red berries, showy, have the “long stalks” it’s named for
NATIVE HABITAT
SOIL prefers slightly acid, good for urban setting, tollerant of pollution, moderately salt tollerant
Native to Japan, Korea, China
Arnold Arboretum / Ilex pedunculosa

Buckingham Nurseries, UK/Ilex aquifolium

image Ilex pendunculosa chartrues stem and big berries

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