Ilex – Castle Keep™ – Blue Holly – Ilex x meserveae

Garden Height
36 - 60
36 - 48
36 - 48
Container Role
Flower Size
Flower Colors
Light Level
Part Sun to Sun, Sun
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Winter Interest

Foliage Interest

Maintenance Notes

It's best to avoid pruning altogether, as pruning after bloom (which would normally be the appropriate time on plants that bloom on old wood like this) will remove the potential for fruit to develop. Fortunately, with its dense, rounded habit, little pruning should be required.

This female selection requires a male variety in the vicinity to develop fruit. One male will pollinate 5-7 females; plants should be located within about 50'/15.24m of each other.

Uses Notes

With its neat, rounded shape, Castle Keep holly could make a nice alternative to boxwood in containers and formal settings. It also adds texture and year-round color to landscapes and gardens. 

Maintenance Category Easy

Water Category Average

Blooms On Old Wood

Bloom Time

Flower Form Border Plant, Container, Landscape, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point

Soil PH Category Acidic Soil

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