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Why do my berries drop?

England, United Kingdom Gb

I have a variegated Holly ilex Golden King about 10 years old. It produces berries each year, but they fall off while still green. Any ideas?.



Can't find a disease that would cause it Bloomingood. The only thing I can think of is birds.


4 Dec, 2008


Possibly they are infertile. just berries with no seed , as Holly trees are either male or female, you must have a male tree nearbye for the seeds to be formed, otherwise it mighyt be the tree is suffering from lack of food or water and has to dispense with the seeds to save its strength.

4 Dec, 2008


Possible Poa. And while you are on this thread, have you any idea why it is Golden King when it is the female? Is it just male chauvinism? Just often wondered.

4 Dec, 2008


Well, I believe Silver Queen is male!

4 Dec, 2008


Sure is Celandine. Thus my question on behalf of Women's lib.

4 Dec, 2008


Of course you both right and berries may be dropping due to lack of fertilisation cant have one without the other.

7 Dec, 2008

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