Holly - Needlepoint / Size 1
Needlepoint Ilex / Holly

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Product Code: HOLNPT1

Ilex cornuta 'Needlepoint'

Overall Description

Needlepoint Holly is somewhat similar in appearance to Dwarf Burfordi, with the same evergreen glossy green type foliage with a well defined, single terminal spine at the tip of each leaf. New growth is a lighter green color....maturing to a deeper green shade.

A self pollinating holly, Needlepoint is well known to bear very heavy numbers of bright red holly berries most each & every year. Berries start as a pale green color, and begin to ripen to a bright cherry red in mid to late fall. Berries typically remain on the plant through the entire winter.

Uses for this holly variety often include as a nice evergreen centerpiece with winter color interest due to the high number of red berries. But this Needlepoint also works very well when used for hedging, or foundation plantings. Responds very well to trimming / shearing, which enables Needlepoint to be used in a numerous variety of different landscape applications

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height:
8 - 10 ft ( can be sheared / trimmed to just about any height )

--Mature Width:
6 - 9 ft ( can also be sheared / trimmed to many different widths )

--Growth Rate:
Moderate to fast ( 8" - 15" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones:
6b - 10 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )

--Sun Exposure:
Full to partial sun - will do well in semi shaded locations also

--Soil Preference:
Average to moist & fertile - well drained

--Foliage Color & Texture:
Evergreen broadleaf - very glossy, dark green foliage with one long, terminal spine at the very tip. Texture is rather rigid, with leaves being quite thick & stiff.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts:
Berries - Excellent producer of bright red berries in winter. Berries begin forming in mid to late spring as a pale green color, and then begin to ripen ( turn red ) in fall. This variety is a self pollinating Holly - no male / female clones required.

--Diseases / Insects:
A few minor problems have been observed on Needlepoint Holly - but none that occur often, or on a regular basis. Problems noted include: Scale infestation, cankers, root rot, leaf spot, nematodes, spittlebugs, and holly looper.

--Recommended Spacing:
3 ft apart recommended for hedge / row type plantings

--Deer Resistance Rating:
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding: For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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