Deck the Halls

with Boughs of Holly

During this season holly gets a lot of attention because of it's bright red berries and everygreen leaves. However, before the berries come, there are the flowers that we seldom look at. There are separate male and female flowers occurring on separate trees.

---------- Male holly flower -------------------------------- Female holly flower --------------
american holly male flower

Look for them. If you find trees with berries, try to find a male tree in the neighborhood. Plan to look for the flowers in spring. In the meanwhile read more about the American holly by NPSNJ in the December issue of Gardener News.   For more photos, see our photo gallery, select holly: spring photo gallery.


The NJ Senate just passed bill S227 which would require the NJ Dept. of Transportation, NJ Turnpike Authority (Parkway too!) and the South Jersey Turnpike Authority to use Native Plants. Native plants help filter nutrients from storm water and are adapted to environmental conditions so they require no additional watering, fertilizers or pesticides. This is a win/win for NJ. It's good for the taxpayer and good for our soils, water and wild life. This bill is one step away from the Governor's desk. A big thanks to Save Barnegat Bay for all their efforts in getting the bill to this point.


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