Blue Prince Holly
Blue Prince Holly
Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Prince'Item #4516 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
This handsome specimen, background plant or hedge has beautiful dark blue-green foliage on blue-purple stems. An excellent pollenizer for nearby female hollies. Very hardy cultivar. Works well at the back of perennial borders or as an evergreen screen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:I-leks HIB-ridPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:3 - 9, 14 - 17Growth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Shrubby grower, reaching 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasIts name attests to the blue cast of its foliage, a perfect backdrop for light-colored plants. Plant as a 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 PlantsLily of the Valley Shrub (Pieris); Magnolia (Magnolia); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia); Hydrangea (Hydrangea)
- CareCare InformationPrefers moist, well-drained, rich, slightly acidic soils but highly adaptable. 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, prune annually to shape.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:The meservae hybrids were recently developed in New York during the 1960s. Breeders sought to cinrrease cold hardiness and improve visual appeal by breeding with an emphasis on species from northern Japan. The most well known parent is Ilex aquifolium, English holly. Asian genetics includes ancestry from Japanese Ilex integra and I. crenata. Blue Prince was selected by Monrovia and introduced in 1998 along with the female form, Blue PrincessLore:European holly is one of the few broadleaf shrubs that remain evergreen in the winter. This led the ancient Celts and Britons to believe it imbued with special spirits of the vegetation, leading them to believe it sacred. Sprigs were cut and brought indoors to remind these ancients that despite the dead winter landscape, the spirits remained alive. These are the roots of the popularity of holly in Christmas decor today.