Blue holly

Ilex × meserveae 

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Blue holly (Ilex × meserveae )
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Genus:  Ilex
Blue holly, so named for the glossy blue-green leaves, is a dense, vigorous shrub that can reach 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Insignificant flowers bloom in late spring. Female plants have glossy red fruit. There are many cultivars available.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Blue holly is a cross of I. rugosa and I. aquifolium.
Care:  Provide full sun to part shade and moist but well-drained soil. Thinning and formal shaping can occur throughout the life of the plant.
Propagation:  Take cuttings in summer or early fall.
Problems:  Aphids may attack new growth. Also watch for scale insects and leaf miners.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Birds,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Late Spring
Flower Color
White Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Screening,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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