• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Shrubby grower to 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:I-leks HIB-rid
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:3 - 9, 14 - 17
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Shrubby grower to 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:White
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design 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 PlantsPlant to pollenize Blue Princess Holly (Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Princess'). Use as a structural evergreen in the garden accented with flowering Dwarf Snowflake Mock Orange (Philadelphus x virginalis 'Dwarf Snowflake') or the spectacular Avondale Chinese Redbud (Cercis chinensis 'Avondale'). Also a great choice for hedges beneath the city-tolerant Columbus Magnolia (Magnolia x veitchii 'Columbus').
  • 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
    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 Princess
    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.