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Castle Spire® Blue Holly Ilex x meserveae

  • Hardy Zones
    • 5 - 7
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
    • Fall
    • Winter
  • Mature Size
    • 72 - 120 Inches
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Size: Quart
Size: One Gallon
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
Castle Spire® Blue Holly Ilex x meserveae
Part Sun to Sun 72 - 120


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

Fall Interest
Winter Interest
Deadheading Not Necessary


Shrub Type: 
Height Category: 
Garden Height: 
72 - 120 Inches
48 - 60 Inches
36 - 48 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Flower Shade: 
Foliage Colors: 
Foliage Shade: 
Dark Green
Container Role: 

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Blooms On: 
Old Wood
Bloom Time: 
Early Spring
Bloom Time: 
Mid Spring
Bloom Time: 
Late Spring
Hardiness Zones: 
5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
Water Category: 
Cut Flower
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: 

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.

Very attractive color and form.

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' USPP 14,310
  • I have TRIED to grow this plant. The plant survives but the winterkill of the leaves has been terrible.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Sharon Michalak
    New York
    United States
    33 weeks ago
  • I have had this plant growing on a northern exposure in front of a covered porch here in southern zone 5A. It went through a very cold winter with no noticible damage and is getting ready to grow beautifully.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Seth Henry
    United States
    5 years ago
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