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Blue Princess Holly deep green foliage with bright red berries
Blue Princess Holly planted in landscape with dark green evergreen foliage
Blue Princess Holly closeup of glossy, pointy,  dark green foliage
Blue Princess Holly potted plant with dark green, pointy foliage
Blue Princess Holly deep green foliage with bright red berries
Blue Princess Holly planted in landscape with dark green evergreen foliage
Blue Princess Holly closeup of glossy, pointy,  dark green foliage
Blue Princess Holly potted plant with dark green, pointy foliage

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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Mature Height: 10-15' tall
  • Mature Width: 8-10' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 8-10' apart

Blue Princess Meserve Holly Big

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Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Princess'

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FEATURES:

  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks due to the size of the plant

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Mature Height: 10-15' tall
  • Mature Width: 8-10' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 8-10' apart

Why plant Blue Princess Meserve Holly Big?

Beauty meets utility in the impeccable Blue Princess Holly. Spiky blue-green leaves clothe its purple stems all year long, painting a pleasing picture even during the depths of winter. Glossy red berries add to the show until songbirds carry them away. This evergreen Holly will add the Finishing Touch to your foundation plantings, providing welcome color year-round. Use it to provide structure to this high-visibility area by your front door and to anchor your home to the landscape. Blue Princess also makes an excellent hedge to serve as an elegant property divider, privacy screen, and backdrop to your flower beds.

The story of the Blue Princess Holly is a remarkable one. It began on Long Island, where an amateur gardener named Kathleen Meserve lived. Meserve had a special fondness for Hollies, but most of the Hollies available to gardeners in her day weren’t dependably cold-hardy. They were English Hollies, adapted to the mild climate of that country, not the icy winters of New York. Most gardeners would have simply given up on Hollies, but Meserve had another idea. She learned how to breed them and hybridized her own cold-hardy new varieties! She bred Blue Princess in the 1950s; it was introduced in 1973. Today it’s one of the most popular Hollies in the country.

How to use Blue Princess Meserve Holly Big in the landscape?

Blue Princess Holly responds well to pruning—the more you trim it, the fuller and thicker its foliage gets. With regular pruning, you can keep it to any size you like. In winter, the clippings make for festive Christmas decorations!

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 5-9

How To Plant Blue Princess Meserve Holly Big

Blue Princess Holly is tougher than many other Hollies, but it does prefer a moderate climate. It performs best with protection from icy winter winds; at the other extreme, it struggles in the Deep South because of the intense heat there. Give it part shade or full sun, but avoid baking-hot southern and western exposures. Apply water regularly if no rain falls, making sure the soil doesn’t remain soggy. Blue Princess needs a male Holly nearby at flowering time in order to produce berries. Blue Prince or China Boy will do the trick. Plant about one male for every five females.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

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