This dazzling collection is resplendent with the festive red-berried evergreen holly long associated with winter holidays and the fragrant magnolia native to Dixie. You'll find these evergreen beauties along with dozens of other hollies and magnolias combined in a magical collection that is striking in all seasons. The collection is particularly beautiful in the spring and again in the fall and winter.
Both hollies and magnolias have broad-leaved evergreen species that make this collection an oasis of green through the dull days of winter. In high summer, the broad creamy white saucers of the evergreen magnolias take center stage. The deciduous species of holly and magnolia are equally important to this collection. The shrubby deciduous hollies fruit heavily every year bringing joy to the winter landscape, and the furry buds of deciduous magnolias burst into bloom in the first balmy days of early spring.
Over the years, hollies and magnolias have figured prominently in the Arboretum's
work to develop new and improved landscape plants. Many of the hollies and magnolias
that are common in the nursery trade today originated with a dab of the right
pollen on the pistil of the right flower right here at the National Arboretum.
The hollies seem to fruit very heavily in this collection every year. Why does my holly at home fruit so much less?
I love the spring-flowering deciduous magnolias, but the blossoms are often frozen and turn brown-is there any way to prevent later spring freezes from damaging my magnolias?
are some other sources for information about hollies and magnolias?
Last Updated June 20, 2001
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