Satyr Hill Holly
An Award-Winning Holly for your Garden
Satyr Hill Holly (Ilex opaca ‘Satyr Hill’) has the distinction of being the first-ever “Holly of the Year” winner from the American Holly Society. Ever since it won this award in 2003, Satyr Hill Holly has certainly proven its merits. If you want a low-maintenance, evergreen shrub for your yard that produces lots of berries to feed the birds during winter, you’ll love this holly!
A Checklist of Benefits
• Beautiful pyramidal shape. Geometrical plant forms in the landscape are always desirable from a landscape design point-of-view. With some shrubs, you have to prune them into desired shapes, but you can put away the pruning shears if you plant Satyr Hill Holly, because it naturally grows into a pyramidal form!
• Deer-resistant. If you live in the country (or even in the city where an occasional deer may venture into your yard), you know the value of having deer-resistant plants in your landscape. Satyr Hill Holly will tickle your fancy, but deer don’t prefer it, so it will stay intact without being chewed to unattractive nubby stems.
• Berries attract birds. If you’re a backyard bird watcher, you’ll want to plant Satyr Hill Holly where you can watch from inside your warm home as songbirds eat the berries during cold winters.
• Drought-tolerant. Once Satyr Hill Holly is established where you plant it, it is remarkably drought-tolerant.
Festive Holiday Berries
Just before the fall & winter holidays, Satyr Hill Holly is covered in bright-red berries. Whether your preference is for wreaths, garlands or table decorations, you’ll have plenty of berry-filled sprigs of holly for decking the halls!
It’s a “Miss”
In the world of hollies, many types are either male or female. Satyr Hill Holly is a female specimen, which means that for it to produce a profusion of red berries, you’ll need to plant at least one other holly nearby – a male plant – such as Blue Prince Holly (Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Prince’).