There is nothing so elegant as a Blue Holly, with its distinctive waxy and serrated leaves that feature instantly recognizable spines along the toothed margins. With chartreuse stems and incredibly shiny, kelly-green foliage, these make a very sophisticated choice!
Of course, you'll likely want to see the classic red Holly berries in late fall. Plant the best berry producer in the series because the berry-laden China Girl® Holly (Ilex X meserveae 'Mesog') is an incredible sight.
Tiny white flowers in springtime support the nectar needs of honey bees and other important pollinators. If pollinated, the flowers will transition into round green fruit that ripens to a carmine red.
This high contrast display between the showy red berry and blue-green foliage is outstanding against winter white snow and a standout in the drab dormant season. China Girl® easily becomes the star of your Winter Garden.
Love the Holidays? Grow your own winter decorations with several China Girl® shrubs and a China Boy® partner. One Ilex China Boy® Holly will pollinate up to 9 or 10 China Girl® Holly plants to make fruit.
Cold hardy and heat tolerant, people across the country have loved China Girl® since it's introduction by Mrs. Leighton Meserve of New York. China Girl's® mid-tone green foliage has a high gloss finish that shines in the sunlight. This is an easy broadleaved evergreen to live with.
Both China Boy® and China Girl® are hard to find because they always sell out so fast. Order yours from Nature Hills today if you see them in stock on our site!
The erect form and size make them a great choice for hedges, and to run between houses. You'll appreciate the densely held foliage and red berries in fall. And you'll adore the extra privacy screening! This wonderful selection is perfect for privacy screens and for use as landscape structure plants.
But don't put China Girl® in a corner. She can also make a wonderful specimen planting at the corner of your house. Gain year-round color and style with one used as an anchor in your foundation planting at the corner of your house.
Run a row of China Girl® along the north side of your garden borders as a wonderful backdrop. Tuck in a China Boy® nearby!
Need a strategic barrier plant to shield your property? The spiny leaves offer great protection!
Want to save money on fencing? Use a staggered double row of China Girl® and China Boy® Hollies to grow into a magnificent living fence! Plant them 3 feet apart on center for a dense hedge. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.
If you prefer a more informal look, simply expand the space between them to 5 feet. Allow them to grow in their full, natural style.
Plant one male Meserve Holly among 3-5 female China Girl Holly plants for excellent pollination and fruit display. Male plants can be planted up to 300 feet away but the best pollination will be within 50 feet or so. China Girl® Blue Hollies do best in moist, well-drained soil. However, you can plant them in either full sun or partial shade. Ensure they receive at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day!
Plan on creating a regular watering schedule to support the needs of your plants or setting up drip irrigation. Plus, adding a 3 - 4 inch layer of wood mulch over the root systems will help keep the soil cool and moist.
For landscapes that have poorly drained soil, create raised planting beds by mounding up additional soil to 18 - 24 above grade. Keep raised beds watered well, as they are prone to drying out faster.
To gather berried branches for winter decoration, trim crossing branches first. Trim branches that head into the interior of the shrub. Finally, remove some of the older thicker stems down into the body of the plant to thin and allow younger stems to remain.
Prune to control size or to shape your plants after the flowers have faded. For the most attractive results, do not use electric trimmers. It's worth the time to hand prune these beautiful plants.
You'll love the striking, bright green evergreen color all year long. Add the pollinator China Boy®, and you'll have plenty of red berries in fall and winter. Order China Girl® Blue Holly 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.
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 'Mesog'|
|Mature Height||8 - 10 feet|
|Mature Spread||6 - 8 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Pruning Time||After Flowering|