Blue Boy Holly

Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Boy'

SKU
4508
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.
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Botanical PronunciationI-leks MESS-erv-ay
LoreHolly 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.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasThis 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorBlue-green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBarrier, Border, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Woodland Garden, Accent
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Pollenizer, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Key FeatureHandsome Hedge Plant

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.

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