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Castle Gold Blue Holly Ilex x meserveae

  • Hardy Zones
    • 5 - 7
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Early Spring
    • Spring
    • Summer
    • Fall
    • Winter
  • Mature Size
    • 60 - 72 Inches
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$19.99
Size: Quart
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
Castle Gold Blue Holly Ilex x meserveae
Part Sun to Sun 60 - 72

Features

Blue holly just got a lot more colorful!

A real showstopper each spring as foliage flushes a bright yet attractive lime-gold. And of course you get the hardiness and red berries you expect from a blue holly. Use Castle Wall® blue holly as pollinator.

Top three reasons to grow Castle Gold holly:

  • Blue holly is one of the best evergreens for shady areas
  • New growth is yellow, making it extra-colorful
  • female variety will bear red fruit if a male pollinator (like Castle Wall® holly) is nearby.
Produces Berries: 
Produces Berries
Foliage Interest
Fall Interest
Winter Interest

Characteristics

Duration: 
Shrub
Shrub Type: 
Evergreen
Height Category: 
Medium
Garden Height: 
60 - 72 Inches
Spacing: 
60 - 72 Inches
Spread: 
60 - 72 Inches
Flower Colors: 
White
Flower Shade: 
flowers are insignificant
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Colors: 
Yellow
Foliage Shade: 
Lime-gold in spring; gold in summer and fall
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Blooms On: 
Old Wood
Bloom Time: 
Grown for Foliage
Hardiness Zones: 
5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
Heat Zones: 
7
Water Category: 
Average
Soil Fertility Requirement: 
Fertile Soil
Soil PH Category: 
Acidic Soil
Uses: 
Border Plant
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses: 
Specimen or Focal Point
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: 

Castle Gold® holly is a female variety; a male variety, like Castle Wall®, must be planted nearby in order for fruit to form. One male will pollinate 5-7 females. Plant within 50'/15.25m of each other to ensure pollination.

It's best to avoid pruning female hollies, as cutting them back at any time of the year will result in diminished flowers and subsequent fruit. Light trimming or removal of dead wood can be done in early spring.

Holly prefers acidic soils with average moisture and appreciates a good layer of mulch. If desired, apply a granular fertilizer formulated for trees and shrubs in early spring.

Castle Gold Ilex x meserveae 'David Carroll' USPP 26,926, Can PBRAF
  • LOVE the GOLD COLOR. Mine stays GOLD almost the entire year. AWESOME GOLD HOLLY !!!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Ken Fets
    Sterling
    Virginia
    United States
    1 year ago
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