One of the hardiest of the evergreen hollies, this is a large, spreading shrub with the traditional spiny evergreen foliage and showy red berries in winter;
Blue Princess Meserve Holly is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries from mid-fall to late winter. It has dark green foliage. The spiny oval leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. Blue Prince in the same container pollinates the female holly.
This is a relatively low-maintenance shrub and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
The male/ female Holly combination is recommended for the following landscape applications;
General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Blue Princess Meserve Holly will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more. This is a female variety of the species which requires a male selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.
This shrub does best in a partial shade location. It requires evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.