REVISION: This post was revised a day after initial publication following receipt of additional information about the cultivar in question.
The tag line for this entry should be "Other Peoples' Plants". This is the first time I'm diverting from my own landscaping assemblage in order to describe another Centerpointe resident's yard - one that I really think represents a wonderful job - easy, dramatic impact, zero maintenance, not overdone, and effective for privacy.
Just look at the impact as seen from the yard behind it:
"Hi!! I'm your nosy neighborhood blogger! Can you please tell me what cultivar is in your back yard??"
Unfortunately for me, the current owners were not the original owners who had put in this landscaping, and they did not know what kind of tree that is.
It seems almost certain that at least two of the three trees visible in the photo above are holly cultivars.
|It's got the characteristic leaf shape and bright red berries.|
|Smaller examples of Foster's holly|
screengrabbed from this Auburn University website.
This Forest Service Fact Sheet says that Savannah holly can get 30 to 45 feet tall, but only 6 to 10 feet wide. That makes them very suitable for a small yard. For comparison, the average Centerpointe two-story home is probably between 25 and 35 feet high at the roof peak. That means that Savannah holly would be on scale with the closely-spaced houses, without growing into huge dominating things that would not look right in our restricted yard areas.
Other internet resources note that they can add about 3 feet per year in height. This is something that residents may want to contemplate if they are inclined to conclude, "Oh, we've only lived here for two years, so we haven't gotten around to planting anything in our yard yet." If this tree were your choice, with two years of inactivity, you'd be forfeiting about six feet of gain on a tree that you might install at six to ten feet of height to start with. Two years of planting inactivity therefore means the difference between "privacy" and "no privacy" in your back yard.
Back to this Centerpointe example property. This previous owner knew what they were doing when they developed their backyard landscaping plan:
Maas Nursery does report that they have them in stock, as well as similar cultivars such as East Palatka holly and Nellie R. Stevens holly. I found a listing for the latter at Lowes hardware store, but remember that if you shop sales, you can often do considerably better than regular retail prices. I will try to find additional sourcing information for these things in the near future.
|Same Centerpointe hollies as seen from a different angle.|
Note that you don't totally have to create a solid imposing "wall" of trees in order to achieve the desired "living fence" effect of dimension, vertical impact, and privacy.