Blue Boy Holly
Blue Boy Holly
Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Boy'Item #4508 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
Handsome hedge, background plant or specimen desired for its rich deeply colored foliage and stems. Excellent pollenizer for nearby female hollies. Extra hardiness. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:I-leks MESS-erv-ayPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:3 - 9, 14 - 17Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasThis Holly's foliage makes a perfect backdrop for light-colored plants. Plant as 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 PlantsLily of the Valley (Pieris); Magnolia (Magnolia); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia)
- CareCare InformationThrives 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.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:The I. meserveae hybrids were recently defeloped in New York during the 1960s. Breeders south to increase cold hardiness and improve visual appeal through blending many holly species, especially those from Japan. The most well known parent is is English holly, I. aquifolium. Asian ancestry is from I. integra and I creanta. This is the pollinator for 'Blue Girl'.Lore:Holly was always considered a mystical plant in ancient Europe because it was a rare broadleaf that retained its foliage through winter. It came to represent the spirit of the vegetation and thus was common to cut for the winter solstice, hence our holiday decorating traditions.