China Boy Holly
Vigorous grower makes an ideal hedge or low screen. Its dense branching habit takes shearing well, displays deep green lustrous foliage. This male variety does not produce berries; it will provide pollen to enable berry set on nearby female hollies. Works well for borders, hedges, and screening. Evergreen.
|Latin Name:||Ilex x meserveae 'Mesdob'|
|Exposure:||Part to Full Sun|
|Mature Height:||8-10 Feet|
|Mature Width:||6-8 Feet|
|Hardiness Zone:||Zone 4-9|
|Pruning Time:||Prune annually to shape|
|Border, Hedge, Privacy Screen, Woodland Garden|
Thrives in organically rich, slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soils, but highly adaptable. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually to shape. Pruning time: winter.
Hollies prefer moist, well-drained, moderately acidic soils in full or partial sun, and the meserveae hybrids can make dense and vigorous hedge or privacy screening plants. Mulch the shrubs to keep the ground beneath them damp and protect against winter burn, which often is caused by frozen soil not being able to absorb enough water to allow the plants to cope with sunny, windy conditions. You can prune your holly in winter and use the clippings as holiday decorations.