Little Rascal Meserve Holly

Ilex x meserveae 'Little Rascal'

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Little Rascal Meserve Holly (Ilex x meserveae 'Little Rascal') at Chalet Nursery

Ilex x meserveae 'Little Rascal'

Ilex x meserveae 'Little Rascal'

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Height: 24 inches

Spread: 3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 5

Other Names: Blue Holly


One of the hardier evergreen hollies, this is a slow growing, dense, compact variety with the traditional spiny blue-green foliage; doesn't produce fruit, but is used to pollinate female hollies which produce the attractive berries

Ornamental Features:

Little Rascal Meserve Holly has dark green foliage. The spiny oval leaves remain dark green through the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes:

Little Rascal Meserve Holly is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Little Rascal Meserve Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Accent
  • Container Planting

Plant Characteristics:

Little Rascal Meserve Holly will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an 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 zones.

This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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Accent Massing Screening Garden Container
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