Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Moderate grower to 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Pollenizer
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Spring
Botanical Pronunciation:I-leks HIB-rid
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Sunset climate zones:3 - 9, 14 - 17
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Spring
Flower color:White
Design IdeasThis Holly's foliage makes a perfect backdrop for light-colored plants. Plant as single specimen (gorgeous under snowfall) or line it up for a reliably dense hedge. Use to soften unsightly corners of fences or buildings, or plant at the back of shrub and perennial borders for reliable year-round foliage. Leave unsheared to attain full height and width for screens or to disguise utilities.
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Pruning time: winter.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
The I. meserveae hybrids were recently defeloped in New York during the 1960s. Breeders south to increase cold hardiness and improve visual appeal through blending many holly species, especially those from Japan. The most well known parent is is English holly, I. aquifolium. Asian ancestry is from I. integra and I creanta. This is the pollinator for 'Blue Girl'.
Lore:
Holly was always considered a mystical plant in ancient Europe because it was a rare broadleaf that retained its foliage through winter. It came to represent the spirit of the vegetation and thus was common to cut for the winter solstice, hence our holiday decorating traditions.