||Thanks to the discoverer Barbara Taylor, Arboretum Chairman for The Holly Society of America, you can now have this gorgeous selection of Ilex decidua in you landscape. Barbara writes us, I'm tickled that you are growing this plant, and yes, she is gorgeous. She was a chance discovery and I named her for the Flying Fortress plane the Memphis Bell, but most importantly I worked for Margaret Polk as a gardener, who WAS the Memphis Belle which the plane was named after! Own a wonderfully selection of this under used native small tree to large shrub with a memory of the lady Margret Polk and the crew of the Memphis Belle, who should never be forgotten.
Ilex decidua can be found in many forms with various growth habits and fruit colors. This one is by far the very best weeping form of the species found in the trade. As fortune would have it, it is a female! YEAH!!! Ilex decidua is a drought tolerant species of Holly in which the name implies, drops it's foliage in the fall. The foliage returns in spring and is bright green but, maturing to deep green. Flowers are produced in great numbers along the axis of the stems in small clusters and are creamy white. In most years when good pollination takes place the round fruit, (berry), grows and changes from green to red just as the foliage begins to turn yellow, when the foliage drops for the winter the colorful fruit is exposed on gray stems.