Blue Boy Holly
Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Boy'
|Description||A handsome shrub with glossy, deep blue-green leaves and purple stems. Ideal as a landscape accent, or planted in groups as a dense hedge or screen. The x meserveae species is the hardiest of the hollies. An excellent pollenizer for Blue Girl Holly; this male holly pollenizer will not produce berries. Evergreen.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide.|
|Landscape Use||Barrier, Border, Hedge, Privacy Screen, Accent|
|Design Ideas||This Holly's foliage makes a perfect backdrop for light-colored plants. Plant as 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 Plants||Lily of the Valley (Pieris); Magnolia (Magnolia); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia)|
|Care||Thrives in organically rich, slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soils, but highly adaptable. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually to shape.|
|Lore||Holly was always considered a mystical plant in ancient Europe because it was a rare broadleaf that retained its foliage through winter. It came to represent the spirit of the vegetation and thus was common to cut for the winter solstice, hence our holiday decorating traditions.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9
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We have been pioneers and craftsmen in the art of growing plants for nearly 100 years. Since our founding in Southern California by Harry E. Rosedale, Sr. in 1926, we have been absolutely dedicated and obsessed with quality.