Ilex × meserveae 'Casanova'

blue holly

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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This decorative new holly is incredibly cold-hardy so is perfect if you want something showy for an exposed position. It has glossy dark green leaves, each with an irregular creamy yellow to white variegation and a softly serrated edge. The new stems are attractive too, as they initially have a burgundy flush. It is a male form, so will not produce berries, however it does produce tiny pinkish white flowers and it will be an effective pollination partner for nearby female hollies. A tough, low maintenance evergreen, it will need virtually no care once establsihed.

  • Garden care: Plants grown as free-standing specimens require minimal pruning - remove diseased or misplaced branches in spring. Trim plants grown as formal hedges in late summer. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm mulch of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plant.

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