iCrowdNewswire Nov 23, 2020 8:17 AM ET
The Holly refers to a genus of about 600 species of shrubs and trees and is the only genus in the Aquifoliaceae family. Hollies are either evergreen or deciduous and have beautiful dark green leaves, though some variants spot a beautiful purple tint. Hollies are beautiful plants that are widespread and found across the world. The mere fact that there are almost 600 species says all you need to know about this plant’s pervasiveness and beauty.
Hollies are a common choice for Christmas decorations, and their iconic serrated leaves and bright-colored berries are a regular part of Christmas decorations across the world. If you’ve ever seen a plant with serrated edges and bright red berries in your Christmas decorations, you’ve likely been looking at a Holly. Hollies can be applied in your garden or landscape for various beautifying purposes and respond very well to pruning.
Variety is the Holly of Life
There are very few plants that typify variety like the Holly. As we said earlier, Holly tree varieties account for almost 600 different species, each with its own stunning combination of deep dark-green leaves and brightly colored berries that stand out in any landscape. Naturally, we cannot discuss all species in this article, but we will highlight some of the most common species widely used for decorative and ornamental purposes.
The American Holly or Hummock Holly is one of the most common species of Holly used for Christmas decorations. That signature spiny-toothed plant with many red berries is the American Holly trademark, which is also the official tree of the State of Delaware. Talk about celebrity status! If you have space for just one American Holly tree, then pick the Croonenburg variety that has both male and female leaves that can pollinate and give you beautiful berries.
While often replaced by the American Holly, the English Holly is the main face of Christmas decorations. English Holly, also called the Christmas Holly, because its glossy green leaves and bright red berries have been the highlight of many Christmas decorations and have inspired many songs and names.
Inkberry Holly’s stunning species produces blackberries and smooth green leaves, though certain species grow white berries. Also called the Evergreen Winterberry, the Inkberry can be invasive if its suckers are not well pruned.
The Hawaiian Holly is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, like the name suggests. This Holly also has smooth, wide green leaves and spots beautiful blackberries that give a stunning look.
The Finetooth Holly is a deciduous Holly species with pointed leaves and bright red berries, though some variants have white or yellow berries. The Finetooth Holly does well in colder regions.
With its dark-green hard leaves and bright red berries, the Dahoon Holly can handle more water than most other plants and love swampy areas. Dahoon Holly is found in the Eastern United States, Caribbean, Mexico and can grow to an impressive 40 feet!
The Chinese Holly is also called the horned Holly for its horned leaves. Chinese Holly is a small shrub tree and does well in regions with little water; it’s great for privacy hedges.
The common winterberry provides a splash of vibrant color across any landscape thanks to its scarlet-colored berries. The common winterberry Holly loves wet regions and can also be invasive, multiplying across your yard.
Other popular species include the Catberry Holly, Carolina Holly, Japanese Holly, Longstalked Holly, Lusterleaf Holly, Myrtle-Leaved Holly, Round Leaf Holly, and the Small-leaved Holly.
In conclusion, Holly is a beautiful plant with many different varieties to suit whatever tastes you may have. No matter the design, there’s a holly for you!