China Girl® Holly

Ilex x meserveae 'Mesog'

SKU
04524
This mounding evergreen holly boasts a profusion of bright red berries each fall, backed by lustrous green foliage. Partners well with China Boy as a pollenizer, to assure berry set. The dense branching habit takes well to formal pruning. The ornamental berries are a valuable food source for overwintering birds. Excellent heat tolerance.
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4-9

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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical PronunciationI-leks MESS-erv-ay
LoreThough an extremely valuable food source to birds and wildlife, Holly berries are considered mildly toxic, causing gastric upset if consumed by humans.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasThis rugged female Holly needs a pollenizer for fruit. However, with or without fruit, 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 reduces glare.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
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 FeatureDense Habit, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, 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 PlantsLily of the Valley (Pieris); Magnolia (Magnolia); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia); 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

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 6

Good to grow!