Satyr Hill is indeed a Maryland daughter, from the McLean Nurseries in Parkville, acclaimed as one of the best all-time hollies for vigor and big red berry abundance. Maryland is rich in holly history and culture. In the offseason, Eastern Shore farmers of yore would gather boughs of American holly and market them to cities, other states and even overseas. At one time, harvest was so intense it was halted for a few years to allow plants to regenerate. Many American hollies bear Maryland names, e.g. “William Paca.” American holly (Ilex opaca) is dioecious: Plants are either male or female. “Baltimore Buzz” was developed as a pollinator for “Miss Helen.” The 2016 Holly of the Year by the American Holly Society was “Maryland Dwarf.” American hollies are remarkably resilient (surviving temperatures down to -25 degrees), growing in a multi-trunked rough pyramid with a moderate growth rate. You can collect cuttings for decorations with confidence. One of its best features: It is a deer’s last holly of choice.