LOVE the GOLD COLOR. Mine stays GOLD almost the entire year. AWESOME GOLD HOLLY !!!
Pharos Gold® Blue Holly Ilex x meserveae
- Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
- Early Spring
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Blue holly just got a lot more colorful!
Pharos Gold® holly is 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. Note: this plant was formerly sold as Castle Gold™ holly.
Top three reasons to grow Pharos Gold® holly:
Produces BerriesFoliage InterestFall InterestWinter Interest
- 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.
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:EvergreenHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:60 - 72 InchesSpacing:60 - 72 InchesSpread:60 - 72 InchesFlower Colors:WhiteFlower Shade:flowers are insignificantFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Colors:YellowFoliage Shade:Lime-gold in spring; gold in summer and fallHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:Old WoodBloom Time:Grown for FoliageHardiness Zones:5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7bHeat Zones:7Water Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Fertile SoilSoil PH Category:Acidic SoilUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:LandscapeUses:Specimen or Focal PointUses 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:
Pharos 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 up to 5 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.Pharos Gold® Ilex x meserveae 'David Carroll' USPP 26,926, Can 5,788
Ken Fets, Virginia, United States, 4 years ago