Blue Girl Holly
Blue Girl Holly
Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Girl'Item #4510 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
Hardiest of the hollies! Handsome hedge or specimen displays a profusion of bright red berries fall through winter. Use Blue Boy Holly as a pollenizer for berry set. Displays dense, blue green foliage throughout the year.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:I-leks MESS-erv-ayPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:3 - 9, 14 - 17Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide.Foliage color:Blue-greenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasA pollenizer, such as Blue Boy Holly, is needed to enjoy the spectacular berries of Blue Girl. Makes a perfect foundation plant, backdrop, hedge or screen. 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. Perfect for holiday crafts.Companion PlantsBlue Boy Holly is a must companion plant in order for Blue Girl to set her lovely, bright red berries. The European and Japanese parentage of Blue Girl lends itself to a variety of design styles. Plant with the red, silver and white colors of Flowering Quince, Peony, Japanese Maple and Flowering Cherry for an Asian look, or the blue and yellow colors of Lavender, Lilac, and Yarrow for a Continental style.
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:I. x meserveae were originally bred by Mrs. Leighton Meserve of New York by using two species, I. rugosa, a cold hardy, Japanese spreading Holly, and I. aquifolium, a European tree holly that produces an abundance of berries. Holly berries are mildly toxic and will cause vomiting and diarrhea if eaten by humans. They are an extremely valuable food source to birds and other animals.