Blue Prince Holly
Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Prince'
|Description||A handsome specimen, background plant or hedge plant, this evergreen shrub has beautiful dark blue-green foliage on blue-purple stems. Also works well at the back of perennial borders or as a privacy screen. An excellent pollenizer for female blue hollies. A very hardy cultivar.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.|
|Blooms||Inconspicuous spring flowers.|
|Mature Size||Slow growing, shrubby habit; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide.|
|Landscape Use||Barrier, Border, Hedge, Privacy Screen|
|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.|
|Companion Plants||Lily of the Valley Shrub (Pieris); Magnolia (Magnolia); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia); Hydrangea (Hydrangea)|
|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||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.|
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