ILEX meserveae Heckenstar
ILEX meserveae Heckenstar, also known as Blue Holly, is an evergreen holly shrub.
The plant has prickly foliage which has a blue-green hue, and the leaves are 5cm in length and have decorative spines. The bark of the plant has a contrasting purple-brown color.
The plant has a naturally bushy, vigorous, spreading habit. In 10 years, the plant will be about 2m tall if it is not clipped. The plant reaches a mature height of 4 to 5 meters and a width of 1.5m. Since this plant can be clipped tightly, you can keep it to whatever shape you want.
Care & Advice
Water the garden hedge plants deeply until it fully establishes. Once it is fully established, it can go for weeks without watering except in extreme windy or hot weather. Allow the topsoil to dry a few centimeters before watering. Most winter injuries result from drying out and not cold temperature. You need to be prepared to irrigate during windy, sunny and dry spells. You will also want to apply a thin layer of mulch to reduce lose of water through evaporation.
Prune ILEX meserveae Heckenstar for pedestrian safety and size control, to remove diseased or dead branches, or to train or shape the plants into hedges. Prune in later spring or winter depending on when the shrubs flower.
These plants will also benefit from feeding. Apply fertilizer in the plant’s early growing cycle. Since this is not a flowering plant, feed with a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen