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Pharos Gold® Blue Holly Ilex x meserveae

Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • 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).

Flower Season
  • Early Spring
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
Mature Size
72" 72"
Height
60 - 72"
Spread
60 - 72"
  • Details

    Features

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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:

    • 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
    Foliage Interest
    Fall Interest
    Winter Interest

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    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
    Light Requirement: 
    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: 

    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
  • 1 Review

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    • LOVE the GOLD COLOR. Mine stays GOLD almost the entire year. AWESOME GOLD HOLLY !!!

      Ken Fets
      , Virginia
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
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