MV - Ilex opaca Maryland Dwarf 4-4-14Today’s Special is our Maryland Dwarf American Holly, Ilex opaca ‘Maryland Dwarf’.

These are growing in 2.5 inch containers for $5.33 each. There are only 30 of these available in this container size for the season.

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best in locations protected from cold winter winds. Part afternoon shade best in hot summer climates. Avoid poorly drained soils. Prune in winter if needed. Plants of this species are dioecious (separate male and female plants). For a female plant to bear fruit, a male pollinator is needed. ‘Maryland Dwarf’ is an all-female cultivar.

‘Maryland Dwarf’ is a dwarf-spreading American holly cultivar which typically grows to 3′ tall and spreads to as much as 10′ wide. May grow slightly taller but is easily kept compact through regular pruning. Greenish-white flowers appear in May and are generally inconspicuous. Spiny-toothed, elliptical, glossy deep green leaves (2-4″ long) are evergreen. Pollinated flowers give way to small red fruits which ripen in fall and persist throughout the winter. Even with good pollination, however, fruiting is usually rather sparse for this cultivar. Birds are attracted to the fruit. Opaca means opaque or dull, in reference to the non-lustrous leaf surfaces of species plants (many of the cultivars, including this one, have more lustrous foliage). Zones 5 to 9.

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