Ilex – Castle Keep™ – Blue Holly – Ilex x meserveae
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.
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
Flower Form Border Plant, Container, Landscape, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point
Soil PH Category Acidic Soil