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Kentucky Color - Holly in the Wild
Holly has many uses beyond decorative ones; its wood is a great substitute for Ebony tree. For transplanting, it's good to have 'an adept, highly qualified, vegete and retired, District Forester for his advice prior to this undertaking
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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry & Vegete
We are all familiar with American Holly accenting and enhancing our Urban Landscapes. However most don't realize that Holly is a native Adair County tree and like the one in the accompanying picture in the wilds between Fairplay and Powell's Creek is thriving in the Great Wooded South.
Holly doesn't need direct sunlight to germinate and grow although it receives a lot after the hardwoods drop their leaves each fall. It is very slow growing and is easily overgrown by other hardwood species such as the Red Oak on the left, the Beech in the center and the Buckeye on the right. I would guess that this particular Holly is about half the age of its three nearest neighbors.
The wood is heavy, hard and close grained. It is sometimes used as a veneer for cabinets, interior finish work and handles. However if you are a fiddler or a piano player you may have often interacted with Holly. When dyed black its wood does a great imitation of the wood of the Ebony tree and is often substituted for Ebony as piano keys and violin pegs.
Transplanting Wild Holly is not impossible but difficult. One or two year old bare root seedlings can be transplanted and older seedlings or trees can be balled and burlaped.
Holly can also be propagated by cuttings. You will most probably need to find an adept, highly qualified, vegete and retired, District Forester for his advice prior to this undertaking. That is if you are blessed enough to find one of high enough caliber. - Billy Joe Fudge
This story was posted on 2012-12-08 01:43:49
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