Emerald Magic Holly
Ilex x meserveae "Willemer"
Ilex x meserveae "Emerald Magic" foliage
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Height: 3 feet
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5
A dense, compact and hardy evergreen holly with the traditional spiny blue-green foliage; doesn't produce fruit, but can be used to pollinate female hollies which produce the attractive berries; makes a wonderful evergreen hedge on its own merits
Emerald Magic Holly has dark green foliage. The spiny oval leaves turn burgundy in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Emerald Magic 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.
Emerald Magic Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Emerald Magic Holly will grow to be about 3 feet 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 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 prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. 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.