• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Moderate grower to 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Ornamental Berries
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:I-leks MESS-erv-ay
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:3 - 9, 14 - 17
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasThis rugged female Holly needs a pollenizer for fruit. However, with or without fruit, it is excellent hedge material and a perfect candidate for formal gardens. Its dense habit takes oval or pyramidal forms. If left unsheared, it makes an ideal screen for planting strips between driveways, where it can take reflected heat and reduces glare.
    Companion PlantsChina Boy is a must companion in order for China Girl to set berries. A wonderful addition to the sunny edge of an Asian woodland garden when planted alongside Peony, Japanese Maple, Spirea, Rose of Sharon, Japanese Rose and Osmanthus.
  • 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:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    I. x meserveae were originally bred by Mrs. Leighton Meserve of New York by using two species, I. rugosa, a cold hardy, Japanese spreading Holly, and I. aquifolium, a European tree holly that produces an abundance of berries.
    Lore:
    Though an extremely valuable food source to birds and wildlife, Holly berries are considered mildly toxic, causing gastric upset if consumed by humans.