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Mountain Holly Ilex montana 100 Seeds USA Company

Mountain Holly Ilex montana 100 Seeds USA Company

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Ilex montana, commonly known as mountain holly or mountain winterberry, is a species of holly native to the southeastern United States. It is a deciduous shrub or small tree that typically grows in mountainous regions, hence its common name.

Here are some key characteristics of Ilex montana:

Appearance: Mountain holly typically grows to be about 15-30 feet (4.5-9 meters) tall, though it can vary in size. It has glossy, dark green leaves that are oval or elliptical in shape and have serrated edges. In the fall, the leaves turn yellow or reddish before dropping.

Berries: Female plants produce small, bright red berries in the fall. These berries persist through the winter, providing a food source for birds and other wildlife. However, unlike some other holly species, the berries of Ilex montana are not considered particularly ornamental.

Habitat: Mountain holly is typically found in moist, acidic soils in wooded areas, often along streams or in mountain valleys. It prefers partial shade to full shade and is often part of the understory in forests.

Uses: While not as commonly cultivated as some other holly species, Ilex montana can be grown ornamentally in gardens or landscapes, particularly in areas with acidic soils and partial shade. Its berries provide winter interest and food for wildlife.


Growing Instructions


The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year. 1. Scarify the seeds by nicking or sanding the seed coat. The seeds can be sanded with sandpaper, a nail file or an emery board. 2. Soak the seed in water for 24 hours. 3. Place the seeds in a plastic bag and seal it. Store the bag in a refrigerator for two months. 4. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the soil in a pot. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet. 5. Sow the seeds 3/8 of an inch deep. 6. Water the container and leave it to drain. 7. Put the pot in a shady area. 8. Water the pot regularly so that the soil is moist but not wet. 9. The seedlings can be transplanted when they are a few inches tall.

 

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