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Castle Spire® Blue Holly
Ilex x meserveae

  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Fall
    • Winter
  • Mature Size
    • 72 - 120 Inches
Programs
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
Castle Spire® Blue Holly Ilex x meserveae
Part Sun to Sun 72 - 120

Features

Compact pyramidal evergreen holly. Red winter berries. Use Castle Wall as pollinator.

Fall Interest
Winter Interest
Deadheading Not Necessary
Attracts: 
Birds

Characteristics

Duration: 
Shrub
Shrub Type: 
Evergreen
Height Category: 
Medium
Garden Height: 
72 - 120 Inches
Spacing: 
48 - 60 Inches
Spread: 
36 - 48 Inches
Flower Colors: 
White
Flower Shade: 
White
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
Dark Green
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Blooms On: 
Old Wood
Bloom Time: 
Spring
Hardiness Zones: 
5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Cut Flower
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses Notes: 

Great as a foundation plant, specimen or hedge, can be used as a replacement for pyramidal yews. Good in groupings and mass plantings, perennial and shrub borders, can be used as a screen or hedge. An outstanding plant for the winter landscape.

Maintenance Notes: 

According to the Humane Society of America Ilex berries can be toxic to pets. This is means that the plants are generally identified as having the capability for producing a toxic reaction.

Prune to shape immediately after flowering. Likes high moisture, native to swampy and boggy areas. Adaptable to wet soils, does well in light and heavy soils. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rates of application. Protect from winter wind and sun in cold (Zone 5) climates. Must be planted near a pollinator like Castle Wall in order to produce berries. Protect from harsh winter winds and sun.

The Castle Ilex are compact, pyramidal varieties of blue holly compact. Dark glossy leaves, superior vigor and branching make them an improvement over other older varieties. Their narrow form makes them great for hedges, foundation plantings, or even as a dramatic specimen. The lustrous green foliage provides season long interest. Castle Spire will produce bright red berries for fall and winter enjoyment; use Castle Wall as the pollinator. Fruit is not edible.

Castle Spire® Ilex x meserveae 'Hachfee' PP: 14310 Can. PP: 2314

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