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Blue Princess Holly

Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Princess'

SKU
04517
Showy, bright red berries on purple stems embellish the dense, blue-green foliage from fall through winter. Partner with a male blue holly pollenizer such as Blue Prince for a prolific berry set. An excellent hedge plant or foundation shrub. Evergreen.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical PronunciationI-leks MESS-erv-ay
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasThis Holly's unique, blue green foliage and purple stems create a lovely backdrop for white and silver colored plants. Plant as a single specimen or line it up for a reliably dense hedge. Bright red berries look gorgeous under snowfall . 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, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Fruit Poisonous, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsRhododendron (Rhododendron); Magnolia (Magnolia); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Lily of the Valley (Pieris); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia)

Thrives in organically rich, slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soils, but highly adaptable. Water deeply, regularly in the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Apply 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

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