My brother-in-law Steve and myself went to a nursery to pick through hundreds of ilex vomitoria “shillings” for an upcoming workshop I’m doing in June.

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Here he is lost in the sea of green.
Ilex are one of my favorite species for bonsai; they have small leaves, live well in pot culture, bud back well and are cold hardy.

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They get fat trunks and have awesome taper. Like the sumo I am demonstrating on here.
They can get leaf miners, snow scale and aphids (on new growth).
The worst problem is black spot fungus. But that is easily controlled with a fungicide.

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A hollow trunk shohin and an exposed root ilex.

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