• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Ornamental Berries
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:3 - 9, 14 - 17
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasNo pollinator is needed to enjoy the spectacular berries of this Holly. Its 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.
    Companion PlantsThis wonderful holly will work perfectly with other tightly formed evergreens such as Green Tower Boxwood, (Buxus sempervirens 'Monrue'). Grow with high contrast flowering Magical Gold Forsythia, (Forsythia x intermedia 'Kolgold'), Scarlet Pearl Snowberry, (Symphoricarpos 'Scarlet Pearl') and Cole's Compact Burning Bush, (Euonymus alatus 'Cole's Compact').
  • 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:
    This is a unique combination of both male and female plants are meservae hybrids. This group of improved hybrids was derived from crosses between cold hardy prostrate Ilex rugosa and the popular English holly, Ilex aquifolium. The series was developed by Mrs. F. Leighton Meservae of St. James, New York with repeated crossing during a breeding stint in the 1960s.
    Lore:
    Holly has long been a favorite red berried evergreen for holiday decorating.