Emily Bruner Holly
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Ilex x ‘Emily Bruner’
Rooted cuttings are 4-8″ in height. First introduced by Don Shadow of Shadow Nursery in Winchester, TN during his time at the University of Tennessee, the namesake and discoverer of the tree was Emily Bruner – a famed Knoxville horticulturalist and writer. The holly was the result of cross pollination between a Burford Holly (Ilex cornuta ‘Burfordii’) and a Lusterleaf Holly (Ilex latifolia) in Emily’s garden. The Emily Bruner holly has quickly become one of the most popular holly cultivars in Tennessee landscapes. With a slow to moderate growth rate, the Emily Bruner holly grows 20 to 30 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide with a pyramidal shape. Best for USDA Hardiness Zones 7 through 9, the evergreen holly thrives in full sun and is tolerant of most soils. All hollies are dioecious – meaning that male and female flowers are borne on separate plants. The Emily Bruner is a female holly and requires the presence of a male pollinator for berry production. For many, the male pollinator of choice is the companion cultivar James Swan holly (also discovered by Emily Bruner and introduced by Don Shadow); however, almost any male that flowers in the springtime will do. In addition to its tight clusters of berries positioned around the branches, the Emily Bruner holly has showy yellow flowers and lustrous leaves. Leaves are typically 3 to 5 inches in length with 10 to 15 spines on each side. The tree excels as both a living fence and a specimen plant. More planting instruction can also be found at boydnursery.net/planting/.