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In biology, Dioecious is an adjective which indicates the exisistence of separate sexes in a species of organisms. A dioecious organism is either male or female, and reproduces via sexual reproduction, the opposite of a hermaphrodite.

For a more detailed explanation of dioecity in plants, see Plant sexuality

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Hollies are dioecious plants; the male and female flowers are on separate plants and thus only female plants bear fruit.
Since winterberry is dioecious (some shrubs have male flowers while others have female flowers), there must be at least one male shrub planted within 50 feet...
Dioecious trees—those having male and female organs borne by different individuals—should be grown as; one would raise a herd of animals.
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