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Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Prince’

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This free flowering, male holly is perhaps the best pollinator for most other female Ilex aquifolium and x altaclerensis cultivars. Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Prince' has glossy, dark green leaves which take on a bluish hue in winter and small white flowers in late spring.

'Blue Prince' does not produce berries itself, but a single plant will pollinate several nearby female hollies!

Supplied Size: 3L containers (30 - 40 cm tall, young plants)

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Ilex x meserveae  ‘Blue Prince’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Ilex x meserveae  ‘Blue Prince’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or partial shade.
Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Prince' eventually grows to be a large, densely branching shrub.
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)

Notes: Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Prince' is a male form and will pollinate nearby female hollies, although it will not pollinate Ilex verticillata cultivars.

Plant Finder: about Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Prince’

Common names

Blue Holly, 'Conablu'


Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Prince’ (Blue Holly). This, as the name suggests, is a male plant and was introduced at the same time as 'Blue Princess; its female companion. The glossy leaves are dark green and have a blue tinge. Insignificant white flowers are produced in May.


Useful for pollinating female Ilex x meserveae plants for berries. Prefers acid soil.

Interest and use

Used for hedging, in borders and to pollinate other female Ilex cultivars.

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Ilex x meserveae  ‘Blue Prince’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -35°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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