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
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 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:
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. Holly berries are mildly toxic and will cause vomiting and diarrhea if eaten by humans. They are an extremely valuable food source to birds and other animals.