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Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Princess’ (Blue Holly)

Blue Holly 'Blue Princess'

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Ilex x Meserveae 'Blue Princess', Blue Holly 'Blue Princess', red berries, evergreen shrub, Aquifoliaceae, Berry, holly, Ilex, winter shrub

One of the most popular female hybrid holly selections, Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Princess’ is a bushy, spreading, broadleaf evergreen shrub with excellent year-round interest. It produces abundant small white flowers in spring, giving way to a profusion of attractive bright red berries in fall. Extremely showy, they enliven the winter landscape and persist throughout winter. This holly variety also offers dark purple stems and glossy, dark blue-green, spiny-toothed leaves. ‘Blue Princess’ is a female plant and needs a male pollinator to produce the attractive red berries, such as ‘Blue Prince’ or ‘Blue Stallion’

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society and winner of the Cary Award which recognizes plants that are particularly adequate for New England, offer superior landscape appeal, are winter hardy in zone 5 or colder, and are pest resistant.
  • Features a broad, upright habit and grows up to 10-15 ft. tall (300-450 cm) and 8-10 ft. wide (240-300 cm).
  • Full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in average, medium, well-drained soils. Tolerates light or heavy soils but prefers moist, acidic soils.
  • Generally pest and disease free
  • Mass in mixed shrub borders. Perfect as a specimen plant, hedges, or for foundation plantings. The red-fruited branches make lovely home decorations.
  • Prune to shape in early spring just before new growth appears
  • Propagate by seed in containers (germination may take 2-3 years). Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or early fall

Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 9
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Aquifoliaceae
Genus Ilex
Common names Holly, Blue Holly
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10' - 15'
(3m - 4.6m)
Spread 8' - 10'
(240cm - 3m)
Spacing 96" - 120"
(240cm - 3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 9
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Aquifoliaceae
Genus Ilex
Common names Holly, Blue Holly
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10' - 15'
(3m - 4.6m)
Spread 8' - 10'
(240cm - 3m)
Spacing 96" - 120"
(240cm - 3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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