China Girl® Holly
China Girl® Holly
Ilex x meserveae 'Mesog'Item #4524 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
This mounding shrub boasts a profusion of bright red berries each fall. Dense branching habit takes shearing well. Excellent heat tolerance. Use China Boy Holly as a pollenizer. The berries are a valuable food source for birds. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.Average Landscape Size:Moderate grower to 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:I-leks MESS-erv-ayPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:3 - 9, 14 - 17Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteGarden styleAsian/ZenPatent 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 PlantsLily of the Valley (Pieris); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Magnolia (Magnolia)
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
- History & LoreHistory: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.