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China Boy® Holly

Ilex x meserveae 'Mesdob'

SKU
04520
Vigorous grower makes an ideal hedge or low screen. Its dense branching habit takes shearing well, displays deep green lustrous foliage. This male variety does not produce berries; it will provide pollen to enable berry set on nearby female hollies.Works well for borders, hedges, and screening. Evergreen.
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Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.

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Botanical PronunciationEYE-leks MESS-erv-ay
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasThis pollenizer will serve many China Girl Holly females. It is excellent hedge material and a perfect candidate for formal gardens. Its dense habit takes oval or pyramidal forms. If left unsheared, it makes an ideal screen for planting strips between driveways, where it can take reflected heat and reduce glare.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitUpright
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBarrier, Border, 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 FeatureEasy Care, Pollenizer
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsLily of the Valley Shrub (Pieris); Peony (Paeonia); Astilbe (Astilbe); Magnolia (Magnolia); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Hydrangea (Hydrangea)

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: 4-9

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