Holly - O'Spring / Size 1
O'Spring Chinese Holly

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*Average Plant Shipping Size: 10"- 14" tall / Quart size rootball

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Our Price: $12.95

Product Code: HOLOSP1

Ilex cornuta 'O'Spring'

Overall Description

A very beautiful variegated form of Chinese Holly with olive green foliage that is very heavily splashed & margined with bright, creamy yellow. New growth takes on just a slight purplish tinge. Has a somewhat irregular upright growth habit. O'Spring is a male clone so do not expect berries on this holly, but the foliage is absolutely wonderful! Leaf shape is the typical Chinese Holly shape. This holly does best in partial shade, but will accept full sun as well. Works great as a specimen planting for semi shaded areas.

This is a very unusual Holly variety - seldom seen, and is a great pollinator for many other female Holly clones.....especially those from the same family.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 8 - 10 ft

--Mature Width : 4 - 6 ft

--Growth Rate :

--Hardiness Zones :
6 - 9

--Sun Exposure :
Full sun to partial shade - does very well in partial shade situations

--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly acidic - mulching recommended.

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen broadleaf - stiff, wavy leaves are a creamy yellow color with olive green mixed throughout. Leaves have several distinct lobes, and sharp spines at the points in between each lobe. New growth is tinged with a reddish burgundy color which gradually fades as the leaves mature.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
None to mention on this Holly variety - a male clone Holly variety used for pollinating many other female clones.

--Diseases / Insects :
Rather trouble free, with scale problems occasionally reported - roots do not thrive in poorly drained soils.

--Recommended Spacing :
No specific spacing recommendations - will depend on the exact planting application or use.

--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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