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Ilex x 'Mary Nell' /Mary Nell Holly

Ilex x 'Mary Nell'  / Ilex x 'Mary Nell'
Close-up image showing short spines on margins of the leaves
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Close-up image showing short spines on margins of the leaves

Typical holly foliage

Excellent fruiting qualities

A branch of dense foliage

Close-up image of shiny foliage

Dependable fruit set nearly every year on this outstanding evergreen

Foliage with immature berries in mid summer

Makes a superb clipped hedge as seen here at the Birmingham Botanical Garden

Glossy foliage

Long stretch of very fine privacy hedge

Specimen several years old in Little Rock, Arkansas

Specimen that has been lightly clipped

Foliage and fruit in late summer

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Scientific Name: Ilex x 'Mary Nell'
Common Name: Mary Nell Holly
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: 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 for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Plants that Attract Birds
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: A very dense, upright, pyramidal female holly that has some drought resistance once the plant is established. The leaves are shiny and have coarse spines.