Male Blue prince holly

Asked January 31, 2020, 4:04 PM EST

This holly was planted on the edge of my yard about 10 years ago. For the last 5 years it has steadily declined. I fear that it will be dead this spring as it has lost all of its leaves. A blue princess holly planted at the same time and about 10 feet away is magnificent. the deer like it so well I had to place construction fence barrier around it. What variety male holly can be planted nearby that will do well in heavy clay soil?

Allegany County Maryland

1 Response

You can look for 'Blue Prince' or 'Blue Stallion' as pollinators. The latter supposedly flowers over a long time frame in the spring. In general, hollies grow best in moist well-drained soil. They do not like heavy poorly drained soils.
Perhaps you can improve the drainage in this area.