The committee chose Ilex aquifolium ‘Proud Mary’ as the 2012 Holly of the Year. It is a stunning variegated holly that is fast growing and hardier than most English hollies. This variegated sport was discovered by Kenneth McQuage in 1993 and registered in 1995. The vivid red berries are highlighted by green and gold leaves that have few spines. 'Proud Mary' grows as a pyramidal tree and should be hardy into zone 6b.
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Help us choose the next special hollly! The Holly of the Year committee invites members of the HSA to nominate their favorite hollies to be Holly of the Year. Send up to five (I know its hard to only nominate only five) to Bill Cannon, send them by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The hollies with the most nominations will get the nod for the next five years.
USDA Hardiness Zones
2012 Holly of the Year
Ilex aquifolium 'Proud Mary'
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