• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower to 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Pollenizer
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    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
    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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.