Asked September 20, 2019, 2:32 PM EDT

I have an unknown inherited male holly in my bed. I have placed male and female blue princess and prince in the bed. they are all doing well. I have too many males and would like to reduce some of them for the more attractive females. I know I do not need 1:1 but does it matter if the original male turns out not to be the same species?

Muskegon County Michigan holly

1 Response

Hello There are at least 400 species in the genus Ilex which is the botanical name of holly. According to Michael Dirr in his Manual of Landscape Plants, a lot of studies have been made on these plants and supposedly, any male holly that flowers at the same time as the female can pollinate the female. Ideally, he recommends that male and female of the same species should be in proximity with each other.