Blue Stallion Meserve Holly*
Ilex x meserveae "Mesan"
Ilex x meserveae "Blue Stallion"
(Photo courtesy of J.C. Bakker Nurseries)
Height: 5 feet
Spread: 5 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5
Other Names: Blue Holly
All berry-producing (female) hollies require a male pollinator, and this has become one of the most popular due to its longer period of bloom; usually paired with Blue Maid but will pollinate most female varieties of Meserve holly; leaves are less spiny
Blue Stallion 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. The smooth gray bark and purple branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.
Blue Stallion Meserve Holly is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal 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.
Blue Stallion Meserve Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Blue Stallion Meserve Holly will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 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 medium 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.
* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details