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Ilex meservae Heckenfee

Ilex meservae Heckenfee

Ilex meservae Heckenfee is a small, bushy shrub that grows to 4 meters. The plants have purple-black stems and spiny dark green leaves. Since this is the female form, it produces plenty of bright red berries with the male form close by.

This is a long-term hedging plant with all-year-round interest. It is also hardy and the dark appearance contrasts other shrubs. It is certainly a good choice for an all-year-round structure.

Growing Ilex meservae Heckenfee

Ilex meservae Heckenfee is one of the most popular female species of Holly. Extremely showy, the plants enliven the winter landscape and persevere throughout winter.

Why you should grow Ilex meservae Heckenfee

These privacy bushes present many features and benefits that make it a good hedging plant. Here are a few reasons why you should grow this plant:

  • Has a broad, upright habit and can achieve a height of 4m and a width of 1.5m
  • Generally disease and pest free
  • The red-fruited (berries) branches make beautiful landscape decorations
  • A lover of full sun to partial shade, this plant grows well in average, medium, well-drained soils. It tolerates both light and heavy soils but will appreciate moist, acidic soils
  • They are also low-maintenance screening plants
  • It fills out on the ground; therefore, it doesn’t need facer plants in front
  • It is also a long lasting plant. When grown in optimal conditions, it can last for more than 40 years
  • Being a native evergreen, Ilex Heckenfee creates a positive impact on your landscape and adds to the local biodiversity

Where to grow

Ilex meservae Heckenfee can be easily grown in average, slightly acidic, well-drained soils in full sun or partial shade. In hot summer climates, part afternoon shade is best. It’s best if the planted is sited in locations that are protected from the cold winter winds. Since Hollies are dioecious, plant one male for 5 Heckenfee hollies. It can also be grown as a backdrop to perennials.

How to plant

For Ilex meserveae Heckenfee to establish quickly, you have to grow them well. Here are the simple steps to follow:

  1. Choose a planting area with the right planting conditions and remove grass and any other weeds in the area
  2. Position the plant 1m from structures because their shallow spreading roots may damage walls, walkways and foundations
  3. Dig a trench twice the width and 1 or 2 cm deeper as the height as the clod. Make sure that the walls of the trench are straight
  4. Dig some compost into the base of the trench
  5. Gently position the clod into the trench, with the top of the clod about the same as the surrounding soil
  6. Mix the soil from the trench with some compost and backfill the mixture into the trench, firming with your hand or feet as you go
  7. Water the plant deeply and keep the soil moderately moist during the first growing year
  8. Spread a thin layer of mulch in a circle around the base of the plant to keep the soil moist and prevent the growth of weed


  • Ilex meserveae Heckenfee don’t transplant well; therefore, consider the shrub’s full-grown size when choosing the plant
  • This also means that you cannot transplant one from the wild; therefore consider buying nursery-grown plants
  • The hedge bushes usually bloom two to three years. The berries may take longer, so you will want to be patient
  • Keep the plant well-watered until it fully establishes


Spacing is very important when it comes to creating a hedge. Planting too far will take too long to form a hedge whereas planting too close will lead to overcrowding

Care & Advice

Watering-Ilex meserveae Heckenfee should be watered moderately. So make sure that the plants have just the right amount of moisture. Water weekly during the drought season

Mulch- Apply a thin layer of mulch to avert freeze-thaw from damaging the shallow roots. Apply mulch in a small ring around the plant, but away from the trunk to avoid bark decay

Fertilizer-Feed with fertilizer in fall and spring to keep the plants healthy

Pruning -Ilex meserveae Heckenfee responds well to pruning and make beautiful hedges. You can correct bare spots which are caused by over-shearing by making deeper pruning cuts occasionally to allow enough light to penetrate

Be careful when pruning these hedging plants because when you completely remove a stem or branch, it may not grow back. The best time to prune Ilex meserveae Heckenfee is in early spring before new growth starts appearing

Pests and diseases

Birds love Ilex meserveae Heckenfee berries, but luckily, they prefer feasting on them after several freezes; therefore, they wait until winter before eating them. This plant is also affected by black spot, twig blight, sooty mould and Phytophthora leaf. You can treat this condition by applying phosphate fungicide. Common problematic insects include red mites, bud moths and leaf miners.


  • Native evergreen
  • Low-maintenance
  • Berries are feasted on by birds
  • Grows in full sun or partial shade
  • Generally disease & pest resistant
  • Broad, upright habit
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Should I buy Ilex meserveae Heckenfee for my hedge?

Ilex meserveae Heckenfee is one of the most popular and best hedge shrubs. You need to plant it with a male for pollination to take place. Being a low maintenance plant, you only need to prune once a year. Once established, Ilex meserveae Heckenfee plants don’t need watering except during hot summer months. The plants also have a broad, upright growing habit, which is suitable for a hedge

Ilex meserveae Heckenfee is suitable for any landscape. If you are looking for high quality and affordable Heckenfee hedge plants for sale, feel free to contact us via email or phone