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Ilex rotunda 'Lord' /Lord Holly

Ilex rotunda 'Lord'   / Ilex rotunda 'Lord'
Berries and foliage silhouetted against a blue sky
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Berries and foliage silhouetted against a blue sky

Close-up of the winter fruit

Cedar waxwings feasting on the berries, an annual ritual in late winter and early spring

Red berries among the green leaves

Male flowers showing yellow pollen on anthers

Female flowers showing ovulary, young berry, in center of flower

Female and male flowers on separate twigs from different trees

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Scientific Name: Ilex rotunda 'Lord'
Common Name: Lord Holly
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 12 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants that Attract Birds
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: Male and female flowers on seperate plants, as is the case with hollies. Female plants produce an abundance of clusters of red berries that persist through most of the winter before being eaten by birds. The evergreen leaves resemble those of ligustrum and fall from the tree in late winter. It has survived temperatures below 10 degrees F., but suffered damage below 20 degrees F. It is almost pest free.