Winter Color 2012

'Pink Icicle' camellia buds

‘Pink Icicle’ camellia buds

'Warren's Red' Possumhaw deciduous holy, has never had more than 4 berries until this year.

‘Warren’s Red’ I. decidua,  another native deciduous holly, has never had more than 4 berries until this year.

Possumhaw with leaves.

‘Warren’s Red’ Possumhaw with leaves.

Winterberry, Ilex verticilata, is our newest deciduous holly.

Winterberry, Ilex verticillata, is our newest deciduous holly.

Our mature femaile yaupon, a native evergreen, has its heaviest berry crop ever.

Our mature female yaupon, Ilex vomitoria, a native evergreen holly, has its heaviest berry crop ever.

Camellia flowers in December

Camellia flowers in December

Hollies, both evergreen and deciduous, add their color to the garden. My ‘Pink Icicle’ Camellia began blooming in November and is still budding and blooming. We’ve also added Burford hollies and female yews on the new berm for their future berries.  Enjoy!

7 thoughts on “Winter Color 2012

  1. We are looking at all the info on the different camellias so that we can add our first one. Yours looks beautiful and is very encouraging!

  2. Lynn, what beautiful blooms you have here in Northwest Arkansas in the Wintertime. Are “Possumhaw”, “Ilex verticilatta”, and “Ilex decidua” three ways of refering to the same native deciduous holly bushes?

    • I was just using some of their common names and their botanical names. A plant can have many common names but is SUPPOSED to have only one botanical one. . . but even that has changed.

    • Hi John, Ilex verticillata is called Common Winterberry, Black Alder, Michigan Holly and Coralberry, which names are also used for completely different plants. That is why I gave the botanical name to specify which I was describing. The cultivar I have is ‘Winterberry’. This is not the same plant as the Possumhaw.

      Ilex decidua is the same as Possumhaw, its common name, but I’m sure it has many other common names, depending on the area where it grows. My cultivar is ‘Warren’s Red’.

      Ilex opaca, the American Holly is our largest native holly. It often pollinates other species. It is evergreen.

      Ilex vomitoria (terrible species name) is the familiar, evergreen Yaupon holly very over used in commercial landscaping. The standards seem to be females and have berries and the dwarf ones seem to be males and do not produce berries but they do bloom, altho that is from my own observation.

      Hope that isn’t more than you wanted to know. Lynn

    • thanks, Jason. I’m a fan of all Ilex, but mostly natives. I did buy some female Burford hollies since they don’t need a male pollinator. I’d love an American holly but it is such a big tree, I’m not sure where to put it. I want to buy some Inkberries, native hollies w/ black berries next. thanks for writing. Lynn

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