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WHAT POSITION SHOULD I PUT MY HOLLY IN THE GARDEN?

QUESTION OF MAXIMUM

Dear agronomist, I ask you the following question: I have recently purchased a splendid specimen of variegated holly as a sapling and I have a big doubt about where to plant it in my garden. What position does the holly prefer? Can it stand the sun during the hottest hours of summer? Does it look better in a shady location? Thank you in advance and await your advice.

Maximum

AGRONOM ANSWERS

Dear Massimo,

how wonderful, a holly, is one of my favorites. So, I'll give you a brief description of this plant. Its scientific name is Ilex aquifolium and belongs to the family of Aquifoliaceae. It is an evergreen tree and can also reach considerable size.It is a dioecious plant, which means that there are hollies that bear female flowers and hollies that bear male flowers. It could also be that female plant branches are grafted onto male plants although this is very rare. The flowers bloom, on both, on average in April-June (depending on the area). On female plants, from the fertilized flowers (so to have the berries you must have plants of both sexes planted nearby), the red, poisonous berries are born that persist throughout the winter.

As far as its environmental needs are concerned, holly prefers non-calcareous soils, possibly clayey, humid, well drained and rich in nutrients, in a shady position and possibly without drafts. However, if, as in your case, it is a variegated-leaved species, it is better a position a little exposed to the sun and as otherwise it would lose its variegation. So make sure you find a location where it can receive sunlight but not during the hottest hours of the day.

I hope I've been useful. If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to write me again.

Dr. M. G. Davoli


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