Ilex × meserveae 'Casanova'
- 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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Q:Can this holly be pruned into a standard?Asked on 12/1/2015 by madaboutthegarden from east midlands
A:Yes you could over time prune this holly as a standard by removing the lower branches as it grows to create a central leader, but don't remove to many branches at one time.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 14/1/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
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