Grace Hybrid American Hollies
The dark, shiny disease resistant foliage along
with the formidable branching structure and brilliant, constant
fruiting make the Grace Hybrid Hollies one of the most visually
attractive hollies available, however, the real values goes
much deeper. Orlando S. Pride knew he needed many improvements
over the native american holly of the south, to make it a
consistent, iron clad, landscape choice for the northeast.
- Strong and fibrous root systems for ease of
- Foliage to be resistant to disease and leaf
- Structural strength in branching to withstand
heavier snow loads.
- And last, but not least, the incredible accomplishment
of cold temperature survivability.
Orlando S. Pride has been credited, by many
horticulturists, for extending the northern hardiness range
of American hollies by over 500 miles with his creation of
Grace Hybrid Hollies. Grace Hybrid Hollies have survived
at Pride Nursery, when winters have hit temperatures of -28
degrees F., and killed other hollies at ground level. Other
areas of the northeast have reported lows of -30 to -35 degrees
F. without injury (See Dep. Of Agriculture National Arboretum
This accomplishment is why Orlando S. Pride
has received such prestigious awards as Pennsylvania Nurseryman
of the Year, and Distinguished Alumni of Penn State University..