I bought a holly shrub a Ferox Argentea. It has dark green leaves with a cream border. It is unusual in that it has spikes on top of the leaves. I think it is a male plant but I am not sure. There are no flowers on it or any buds. Is there a female holly I could I could buy to get berries? Or maybe the Ferox is female and needs a male. Any ideas, please?
Golden King is a female. Silver queen is male. (I know!!!)
Ilex ferox argentea (hedgehog holly) doesn't flower for me either.
I think it is difficult to distinguish until the autumn when the female has berries.
It might be self fertile and then you will never know.
Thank you both. I will just have to patient and see
Ferox argentea is a male holly so it won't have berries, however its flowers will pollinate a female variety of holly.
Very patient dunkie37.
The sex cannot be determined until the plants begin flowering, usually between 4 and 12 years of age.
I stand corrected. Thanks again Dove.
I think its very shy though. I have never seen flowers on mine, male or female.
Lots of varieties here so you can choose a berrying female http://www.welsh-holly.co.uk/hollies.htm
Thanks everyone. The male plant is quite colourful anyway. I will try the website from Dovefromabove just to see.
I think its a good plant even without berries.