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Many birds enjoy eating the berries in summer. The rich blue-green foliage reminds me of Japanese holly fern but is stiffer, with prickly holly-like edges. The frond-like leaves are two feet long, assuming a pleasing horizontal shape that is tropical in feel. The shrub will grow to about eight feet tall by five feet wide. When established it will be drought tolerant and undemanding.
A placement in well-drained soil, in sun or partial shade, will ensure a healthy plant. It will tolerate clay soil but adding compost and some pumice or turkey grit is recommended at planting. This is a great time of year for planting, because roots have time to develop before the weather turns warm and dry. In full sun, occasional water will keep its green color. Pruning is not necessary except to remove dead or broken foliage.
I love this elegant shrub for its stately presence in the garden, lending textural variety. Its easy culture recommends it to gardeners. Because of its holly-like prickly edges it would make a great barrier plant to prevent or limit foot traffic.
A handsome architectural plant that brightens our gray winter days, feeds birds, is easy care and good-looking every month of the year…what more could we ask of a shrub?
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