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Discussion in 'Woody Plants' started by ckcross, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. ckcross

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    Hi I need to know about the Holly tree

    Need to know how big they grow and what,s their root system like
     
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    alex66 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Holly tree? please use Latin name!tanks
    or is one cultivar of Japanese maples?
     
  3. ckcross

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    We're not sure where the plant comes from, my Dad gave it to me. The leaves have prickles on them. Something you would see as Christmas decoration on a cake.
    We just want to take it out of the pot and plant it in the ground. Thats why we,re asking what the roots are like. We need to know how tall it will get.
     
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  4. Liz

    Liz Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Hello,
    Holly down here it is considered a noxious weed so it will grow well where you are :) They take some time to grow large and make great hedging plants. Is yours a varigated one or the plain common garden variety green one?

    Liz (Dandenongs)
     
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    alex66 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    please send one pics if possible i'minteresting!
     
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    Liz Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Here are some pics of a varigated variety
     
  7. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    European Holly (Ilex aquifolium) can reach 20m tall.
     
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    alex66 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    OK!!! Italy have in to Sicily "state" some Ilex over 200 years ,but this dimensions are only for any cultivar (reply for ckcroos) which is the space in your garden?
     
  9. ckcross

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    Hi Alexx66

    My garden is not very big that is why I'm concerned where to plant this tree. It has been in a pot for seven years and therefore not big but I know it could get quite big. That's not too much of a problem as needing to know how big the roots will get and if they will interferr with water pipes or Phone wire.
     
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  10. ckcross

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    HI LIz
    My plant is just green with prickles on it like a chrismas plant
     
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    Hi Michael
    That's that high
     
  12. ckcross

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    HI all
    Cannot do the pic as my children lost the lead to the camera sorry
     
  13. Liz

    Liz Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    OK I would say it is the common old holly growing all over the hills and being treated as a noxious weed. Parrots enjoy the berries. :)

    It will take some time to grow big so enjoy it in a safe place in the garden [not near paths] and see if you get some berries down the track. I have a couple of lovely old ones on my paddock border that bear berries most winters. [Aug down under]. I would incorporate it into a hedge or as part of a group. You might even try a bit of topiary and create a shape. Not sure if that is good for berry production but fun to do. They do prune back easily with hedge shears.

    Liz

    PS They take eons to grow 20 meters high so don't panic. Soil a bit mulchy and loose and in it goes. Keep it damp for the summer by watering once a week and mulching it.
     
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  14. ckcross

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    Hi Liz
    Thanks for that we r planting in the middle of a new garden as we're in a new estate.

    What do u think the roots are like.
     
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    I have several holly varieties that are kept ball shaped and about 5 ft. tall. But, my problem is that the berry crop is zilch to non-existent. I am hoping someone has an explanation for this. I am suspecting a nutritional deficit since they fruited in the past.
     
  16. Liz

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    Will answer first for ckcross Wonthaggi. Roots are not invasive as I recall they sort of are just under the bush. No runners. So should be fine as a group planting or at the back as part of a hedge. The noxious weeds come from bird droppings when they eat the berries. They are forest type plants so like mulched feet which is a good idea given where you are. Hope you got some of the great rain that has been coming down here in the hills.

    Dave it's possible in your topiary efforts you are actualy removing the flowering potential. I have ones that berry up well but they are old and free spirits to grow at will. The one I hedge in the front garden only has a little at the top where I can't trim. Also they like a bit of sun to do their thing,

    Liz
     
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    Thanks Liz that sounds great and yes we are having alot of rain. Just had another down pour yesterday it started the night before last and stop late yesterday.
     
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    alex66 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Dave is also possible that your use more pesticide and the insect not pollination your plant this one possiblity ; if you seen flower ,i agree with Liz your period of pruning is in error!not prune two for a little time until see the flower ....
     

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