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Castle Spire® Blue Holly

Ilex x meserveae 'Hachfee' PP #14,310

Excellent selection with bright red berries, dark glossy foliage, vigorous growth and branching habit on a compact, narrow, pyramidal form. Thrives in damp soil; native to swampy and boggy areas. Great for borders, screens, hedges, foundation plantings. Plant with Ilex Castle Wall™ for good berry production.
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Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.

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Botanical PronunciationI-leks MESS-erv-ay
LoreHumane Society of America notes that Ilex berries can produce a toxic reaction if consumed by pets.
Average Size at MaturityReaches 8 to 12 ft. tall and 3 to 4 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous
Design IdeasPlant where a formal, narrow columnar effect is desired. Growth habit is quite similar to a Hicks yew, and it can be used in the same way, making a great hedge, or foundation plant.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Hedge, Privacy Screen
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureOrnamental Berries, Compact Form, Benefits Birds
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater when top 2 inches of soil is dry.

Very adaptable to most soils; thrives even in wet, boggy areas. Feed in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer for trees and shrubs. Protect from harsh winter wind and sun in cold (Zone 5) climates. Requires a male pollenizer to produce berries. Prune to shape immediately after flowering.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-7

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