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Kentucky Color: Winter Beauty III
Billy Joe is spending the winter cataloguing some of the trees that keep the landscape green and beautiful while skies are grey and days are short.
By Billy Joe Fudge
I know we are all enamored by the beauty of American Holly. There is proof in the sense that most experts proclaim that it is the most sought after natural green for Winter and holiday decorations. One thing we must address is that before planting American Holly one should realize that the species is dioecious; meaning that there are boy and girl trees. The beautiful and desirable red fruit is found only on the girl trees.
As of yet, there is really no way, practically speaking, to tell the sex of a tree until it begins to flower and they will only begin flowering around 5 or 6 years after planting. Of course it goes without saying that to have that beautiful red fruit there needs to be a male in the area.
This week's Winter Beauty is a male and the location should be fairly easy to discern.
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