Blue Princess Holly
Blue Princess Holly
Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Princess'Item #4517 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
Showy, bright red berries on purple stems embellish the dense, blue-green foliage from fall through winter. Partner with a Blue Prince male holly as a pollenizer for a prolific berry set. An excellent hedge plant or foundation shrub. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 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; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.Foliage color:Blue-greenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasThis Holly's unique, blue green foliage and purple stems create a lovely backdrop for white and silver colored plants. Plant as a single specimen or line it up for a reliably dense hedge. 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. Leave unsheared to attain full height and width for screens or to disguise utilities.Companion PlantsRhododendron (Rhododendron); Magnolia (Magnolia); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Lily of the Valley (Pieris); 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: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.