A colorful twist to a classic broadleaf evergreen, the Blue Maid™ Meserve Holly (Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Maid' PP# 4685) is a fantastically shiny accent shrub! Insignificant white flowers appear in late spring and attract your local pollinators.
Year-round, intensely evergreen foliage has a high-gloss shine and blue to purple highlights, and stems, plus extraordinary bright red berries to enhance your landscape big time!
The wavy edges won't stab like traditional Holly but retain that classic leaf shape. The dense growth is bushy, rounded, and typically getting 8-10 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide, but could be a bit larger with age. However, you can prune to any size or shape you'd prefer.
Then for winter interest, plant one Blue Prince male Holly for every 3-5 Blue Maid™ female Hollies for the female plants to produce plenty of incredible red, showy fruits. Plant the male plants within 30 feet or so of the females. Even though the male plants will not fruit, they are incredibly handsome! If you do have both plants nearby, you and your local songbird population will enjoy eye-catching clusters of vivid red berries!
A shining plant like this deserves to be your landscape specimen plant or high-style accent. Gleaming year-round with steady evergreen, Blue Maid™ will highlight any bed or border it's incorporated into. The dark green leaves and blue tint compliments any garden style!
Imagine a row of Blue Maid™ Meserve Holly sparkling in the sun as an impressive privacy hedge or barrier. A cool zig-zagging line defines your property fashionably, or a pair of sentries welcoming guests to your front door will look divine!
The bushy erect growth is perfect for a wide range of garden designs and applications. Fitting into rustic country gardens as an amazing backdrop to your garden beds, or anchoring borders. Zen and Asian-inspired gardens shine and Contemporary formal beds and courtyards.
Boost curb appeal exponentially with a row as your foundation planting. Plant one as an accent in your favorite garden urn or on a raised berm to further set this amazing plant apart!
The dark blue-green foliage color holds true in part sun and partial shade, Blue Maid™ can handle edge-of-the-woods plantings, naturalized areas, and wildlife gardens without getting much attention from Deer.
Ilex meserveae berries provide your holiday décor and container plantings with ample shiny red gems.
The fast growth of Blue Maid™ Meserve Holly means fast privacy and no waiting for them to fill in large areas. The dense growth lends itself perfectly to formally pruned shapes readily and speedy privacy. With winter hardiness and heat tolerance in growing zones 5 through 9, these can take the partial sun in hot climates, while shrugging off cold climates with ease where they can tolerate full sun.
These Blue Holly tolerate acidic soil and higher moisture levels but do need well-drained soils. Standing up to urban pollution, they're not particular about soil type.
This is a polished and highly ornamental shrub that needs very little from you. Order this very unique shrub today from Nature Hills Nursery and let Blue Maid™ Meserve Holly shine for you!
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#6 Container||Ranges from||5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Maid' PP# 4685|
|Mature Height||8 - 10 feet|
|Mature Spread||6 - 8 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Pruning Time||After Flowering|