Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Princess' (female)
Blue Princess Holly, Blue Princess Blue Holly, Female Blue Holly, Blue Princess Meserve Holly
- Main interest:
- evergreen, winter interest, showy red berries, low maintenance, attracts birds
- full sun to partial shade
- Soil humidity:
- moist soil
- Flower colour:
- Flowering period:
- dark bluish green
- USDA Hardiness:
- zone 5a: -29 °C (-20 °F) View Zone Map
- Mature height & width (max.):
- height: 8 ft (2.4 m) width: 6 ft (1.8 m)
- specimen, hedge, mass planting, foundation, defensive screen
Blue Princess Holly (Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Princess') is a fantastic, evergreen shrub beloved for its red berries and winter colours. This broadleaf evergreen holly usually reaches 6 to 8' (1.8 to 2.4m) tall.
Glossy, dark bluish green leaves with spiny toothed edges remain all year and match the vibrant dark purple stems.
Small greenish-white flowers in the spring develop into abundant cheerful red berries throughout the fall and often persist during the winter season. Blue Princess Blue Holly is a female variety that needs a nearby male plant to pollinate it, and produce berries. Plant one male for every 3 to 5 female blue holly plants. These delightful berries are highly appreciated by local birds during the winter months.
Synonym(s): Ilex meserveae 'Blue Princess'
Also known as: Blue Princess Meserve Hybrid Holly, Female Meserve Holly, Evergreen Holly