Ilex x meserveae ('Mesid') BLUE MAID®

Ilex x meserveae ('Mesid')
Ilex x meserveae ('Mesid') BLUE MAID®
blue holly, Meserve holly - female
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full to partial sun
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty) to neutral
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
Hedging plants
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Blue Maid® is a female variety of blue holly. It produces abundance of tiny, white flowers in spring that are followed by attractive berries in autumn. They are bright red and glossy, and remain on the plant until the birds find them in winter. Once they do they will eat them all. In order to produce fruit Blue Maid® needs a male pollinator, preferably from blue holly range such as Blue Prince®, Little Gloss, Casanova®, Heckenstar, Heckenpracht, or Little Rascal®. Leaves are are spineless and nice to touch, very glossy, with a distinct contrast between light green underside and deep green front, often almost blue-green.

Hence the name “blue hollies”. They need almost no maintenance if you provide slightly acid, fertile soil at the beginning and keep it evenly moist for the first couple of years to enable establishing extensive root system. All blue hollies are beautiful and dense shrubs with no defoliated twigs even without pruning if grown in quality soil. Young plants grow moderately fast until they reach about 1.5m when they slow down and begin forming a dense shrub. This feature is employed when using this holly into a hedge. There it forms an excellent, all-year-round lustrous green screen. Yet, I believe that this plant looks best as a specimen or mixed with plants of a different shape, or flowering plants for which it provides a perfect background.

Blue hollies come from the USA and were bred by Kathleen Meserve, who made a cross of ilex rugosa and ilex aquifolium in 1950’s to achieve excellent cold hardiness on fabulously foliaged evergreen plants. They can stand very low temperatures without any damage: this one proved hardy with no damage at -27°C and is supposed to survive even lower temperatures of USDA zone 5, perhaps 4 with protection.

Last update: 30-12-2012
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Ilex x meserveae ('Mesid') height of stem 140-150 cm
De Luxe
Ilex x meserveae ('Mesid') height of stem 140-150 cm
De Luxe

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Ilex x meserveae
Ilex aquifolium
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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