Your home is your castle, so you will certainly want to protect your keep! Why not include a living fortification fit for a king? The Castle Spire® Holly (Ilex x meserveae 'Hachfee') is just that and more!
An impressive evergreen shrub, the Castle Spire® has that clean, iconic leaf shape. Scalloped and pointed evergreen foliage, that's very glossy and highly ornamental! It was developed with improved branching and an even more lustrous, classic Holly leaf. It's charming year-round but really shines in the winter months.
Tall, pyramidal and elegant, the dark, shiny green foliage looks handsome year-round! Plus springs tiny white blooms and later addition of ornate red berries, make this plant really stand out with four-season interest!
Imagine this narrow Holly, standing resolute among the white snow, its blue-green, dark glossy leaves shining. In spring it's dusted with ivory snowflake blooms and in autumn adorned with bright red berries! You can almost see a red Cardinal or Blue Jay sitting among its branches just like in a Christmas card. It's a stunning display to be sure!
Like any proper castle wall, these leaves will provide protection! Those slight points on each leave will have unwanted trespassers thinking twice before crossing them! The softer side of the foliage is it makes outstanding decorations for the holiday season.
Castle Spire® is a female shrub and will only have berries if a male pollinator is planted nearby like Castle Wall®. One male will pollinate up to 5 females. Plant within 50' (15.25m) of each other to ensure pollination.
Castle Spire® of course creates amazing privacy and a barrier-forming hedge. It works well as a handsome foundation plant as well! Typically filling out nicely all the way to ground level, so you won't have to consider planting facer plants around it.
Planted alone, the glossy foliage by itself makes a lovely specimen plant for a front or side yard, or accent when planted among your mix-shrub borders as a shiny backdrop.
Staying narrow, Castle Spire® has that perfect growing habit makes it ideal for hedges, groupings and mass plantings. Create a living screen or even go one step further and create your own 'living walls' and garden rooms for outdoor privacy year-round.
The stems look lovely as evergreen decor in wreaths and arrangements. Just be sure to avoid pruning female Hollies until after they're done blooming.
Blue Holly are long-lived, commonly thriving for 40 years or more. Keep yours looking amazing the whole time with these helpful tips:
Castle Spire® Holly prefers to avoid those drying winter winds, so it would love to be nestled close to your home, a wall or fence, or protected some by other evergreen trees and shrubs.
Loving both full sun and part shade sites, Blue Holly is highly resilient in USDA zones 5 through 7. It's deer resistant so you don't have to worry about anything coming around for a quick nibble.
You don't have to prune it, but you'll certainly want to when the holidays roll around for home decor.
Castle Spire® Holly needs well-drained soil with higher moisture availability. While being very cold hardy, in the summer heat they will require regular waterings, sometimes weekly, or more in extreme heat.
Holly prefers acidic soils and a generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill.
No castle or home should be without the privacy and protection that walls can provide! So why not have the long-living, handsome evergreen fortification that Castle Spire® Holly has to offer instead of cold stone? For a superior landscape, and lovely year-round green, call to order your new hedge from Nature Hills today!
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.
|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|
|#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||Proven Winners ColorChoice|
|Botanical Name||Ilex x meserveae 'Hachfee'|
|Mature Height||6 - 10 feet|
|Mature Spread||4 - 5 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|When To Prune||After Flowering|