I just loved working with the nursery up the road. I'd tell him what unique tree I was looking for, and he'd find it for me.
One of those being an Eagleston Holly. It is not very common. There were a lot of East Palatka hollies in Florida that I was familiar with, but not this.
I got two to put near the porch in the back yard. I tried to create a barrier from having close neighbors, and have the feeling of privacy when we are playing in the back yard.
The trees felt huge when I got them (compared to all my tiny trees I already had.)
I got them in November 2009, so they didn't have much time to adjust before Winter hit. And they took it pretty hard. They lost a lot of leaves.
Year One was recuperating from the Winter.
Year Two, the hollies got a little fuller.
Year Three is when I really noticed a difference. The trees just took off!
I was so impressed. This is one tree that always gets asked about. Every time someone is in the back yard, they ask what the tree is.
I love the fact that it is Evergreen. It never looses its leaves, so the privacy stays year-round.
UPDATE: I was asked for a follow up on the Eagleston Hollies and have provided it here.