• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering 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.
    Key Feature:
    Ornamental Berries
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:I-leks MESS-erv-ay
    Plant type:Shrub
    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
    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:
    <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
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    Though an extremely valuable food source to birds and wildlife, Holly berries are considered mildly toxic, causing gastric upset if consumed by humans.