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ILEX x meserveae 'Blue Princess'

Image of Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Princess'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Aquifoliaceae

Botanical Name

ILEX x meserveae 'Blue Princess'

Plant Common Name

Blue Holly, Blue Princess Holly

General Description

A hardy hybrid of English holly, Ilex x meserveae is a medium-sized broadleaf evergreen shrub that is prized and much used for its glossy, spiny foliage and showy fruit. The bright red berries of 'Blue Princess' ripen in late summer and persist well into winter. A male companion such as 'Blue Prince' is required for pollination and fruit production.

'Blue Princess' prefers full to partial sun and moist, well drained, acid soil. It also appreciates a site sheltered from strong wind. It can be used as a specimen plant, in hedges, massed, or in mixed borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Width

    6'-12' / 1.8m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No