Blue Prince Holly
Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Prince'
Full sun, Partial sun
Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
|Botanical Pronunciation||I-leks MESS-erv-ay|
|Lore||European holly is one of the few broadleaf shrubs that remain evergreen in the winter. This led the ancient Celts and Britons to believe it imbued with special spirits of the vegetation, leading them to believe it sacred. Sprigs were cut and brought indoors to remind these ancients that despite the dead winter landscape, the spirits remained alive. These are the roots of the popularity of holly in Christmas decor today.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Slow growing, shrubby habit; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Inconspicuous spring flowers; prized for foliage and as a pollenizer.|
|Design Ideas||Its name attests to the blue cast of its foliage, a perfect backdrop for light-colored plants. Plant as a 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.|
|Garden Style||Asian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Barrier, Border, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Easy Care, Pollenizer, Year-round Interest|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.|
|Key Feature||Handsome 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.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 5 - 9