Ilex x meserveae 'HECKENWUNDER'

Ilex x meserveae
Ilex x meserveae 'HECKENWUNDER'
blue holly, Meserve holly - male
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-1.5m
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
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Heckenwunder ('Hedge Wonder') is another Hecken- variety of so-called blue holly, again from Germany. It is an upright, less vigorously growing shrub with evergreen foliage. Leaves are dark green, broadly elliptic to almost rounded, gently serrated at margins but not prickly, and very glossy. Young twigs are mid green, mature branches turn dark purple-blue. As a male variety it has no fruit but is an ideal pollinator for female hollies to produce berries in autumn.

Meserveae hollies are called “blue hollies” thanks to the shade of the species leaves that are dark green with bluish tint, especially in cold months. And the name meserveae was chosen for its cultivator, Kathleen Meserve, who, literally on her windowsill, made a cross of ilex rugosa and ilex aquifolium in 1950's in an effort to achieve excellent cold hardiness on a fabulously foliaged evergreen plant. She died in 1999 at the age of 93 but left behind an impressive line of these evergreen, superbly hardy varieties.

Blue holly needs almost no maintenance if you provide them with acid, fertile soil at the beginning, and enough moisture for the first couple of years before its extensive root system is established. Avoid heavy clay sites. Pruning is not needed as it forms a compact shrub on its own, but you can shape it in early spring or in midsummer. Sunny or part shaded location is best, however, it will grow in full shade, too, where it may lose its compact habit. Blue hollies are also renowned for their hardiness: this one has not yet been tested under all conditions but is expected to survive -27°C or even -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 20-01-2017.

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