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Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Prince’

Blue Holly

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Features

  • BloomsMay
  • Height3m
  • Spread3m
  • Speed of GrowthModerate
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourBlueish dark green

Description

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.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Evergreen, Large shrub

Other common names

'Conablu'

Interest and use

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

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -35°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

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

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds in the spring or by semi-ripe cuttings from late summer to early winter.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Holly leaf miners, scale insects and mites.

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