Ilex – Pharos Gold® – Blue Holly – Ilex x meserveae
Pharos Gold™ holly is a female variety; a male variety, like Castle Wall®, must be planted nearby in order for fruit to form. One male will pollinate up to 5 females. Plant within 50'/15.25m of each other to ensure pollination. It's best to avoid pruning female hollies, as cutting them back at any time of the year will result in diminished flowers and subsequent fruit. Light trimming or removal of dead wood can be done in early spring. Holly prefers acidic soils with average moisture and appreciates a good layer of mulch. If desired, apply a granular fertilizer formulated for trees and shrubs in early spring.
Uses Notes Great as a foundation plant, specimen or hedge, can be used as a replacement for pyramidal yews. Good in groupings and mass plantings, perennial and shrub borders, can be used as a screen or hedge. An outstanding plant for the winter landscape.
Maintenance Category Easy
Water Category Average
Blooms On Old Wood
Heat Zones 7
Flower Form Border Plant, Container, Landscape, Specimen or Focal Point
Soil Fertility Fertile Soil
Soil PH Category Acidic Soil