Wednesday, December 9

Garden Pic Wednesday: The New Oakland Holly

We were out today. Needed to have the oil changed on Hubby's car and he wanted to take me to Captain D's for their senior fish lunch. Last week when he had my cars oil changed, he'd eaten there and had been so delighted, he wanted to take me.
Their senior grilled Tilapia meal was pretty good and the corn of the cob is way bigger then Long John Silvers. Plus they serve the most delicious dinner roll that tastes kinda like a donut. A girl who worked there said, "Order a side of caramel and make your own dessert. The caramel is free."
She brought us a roll drizzled with caramel to try and it was delicious!
After that, we stopped by Lowe's to pick up a few things and stopping at Lowe's always means looking around the garden shop!
Now, I've been looking for an Oakland Holly tree locally for 3 or 4 years.
Christmas-tree shaped Hollies are used in landscape all over the place around here, yet, very mysteriously, I couldn't find any local green house or garden shop with any in stock! Not a single one. My local Lowe's did list them on their website, but when I inquired with them about one, it was spring and they said they didn't carry them in the spring, but in the fall. They said they'd contact me if any came in, but of course, none did. When I checked their garden shop for any the next fall, there weren't any then either.  
But, finally, today we found a few Oakland Hollies in stock at the Lowe's garden shop!
Hubby suggested we go ahead and get one. It'd be okay in it's container until we got rid of the Cedar tree.

So, here it is: our new Oakland Holly:
It's about 3 to 31/2 ft tall.

So, what are the advantages of an Oakland Holly?
#1) Size. It's rated as "small"---somewhere between 8 to 15 ft tall.  (Many Hollies  breeds top out at 20 to 25 ft.) Not a dwarf by any means, but not bigger then the Cedar out front I mean for it to replace. 

#2)  Low-Maintenance. They keep their dense, pyramidal shape as they grow all on their own and will need very little, if any, pruning. 

#3) They set red berries by themselves & don't require a 2nd pollinator.  (A good many Holly breeds do require a pair, male & female, to bear fruit.) Their fruit is also edible for birds.

#4)  It's a holly bred for the deep south, hardy in Zones 7 - 9. Rated as having a moderate growth rate.
That's it for today! Come back tomorrow for Mama Kat!

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