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Ilex x meserveae is often confused with:
Ilex x aquipernyi
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Ilex x 'Savannah' Winter form, Pitt County Arboretum
Ilex crenata Ilex crenata
Ilex latifolia Ilex latifolia

Meserveae Holly Ilex x meserveae

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
EYE-leks MESS-erv-ay
Description

Meserveae Holly is a hybrid evergreen shrub that grows up to 6'6". The foliage of this plant is remarkably similar to that of Ilex Xxaquipernyi, but the more numerous spines are flexible and almost rubbery, and leaves are not convex. The purplish twigs of Meserveae Holly also serve to distinguish between the two. This plant performs better in northern states than in southern states. This plant is tolerant of the cold and is a rapid grower.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Evergreen, ovate leaves have 8-16 flexible spines.
  • Stems are reddish-purple in color.
  • Stems have a triangular stipular scar.
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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#white#evergreen#foliage#white flowers#green#red berries#wildlife plant#nectar plant#winter interest#berries#specialized bees#fast growing#deer resistant#northern climate#cold tolerant#blue green leaves#pollinator plant#fantz#berry#bird friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#white#evergreen#foliage#white flowers#green#red berries#wildlife plant#nectar plant#winter interest#berries#specialized bees#fast growing#deer resistant#northern climate#cold tolerant#blue green leaves#pollinator plant#fantz#berry#bird friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ilex
    Family:
    Aquifoliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    United States
    Wildlife Value:
    Fruits are attractive to birds. Flowers attract bees. Members of the genus Ilex support the following specialized bee: Colletes banksi.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Deer damage
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 8 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
    Appendage:
    Spines
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3b, 3a, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Red globose berries that often persist into winter.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Small, white flowers that are white to pink-white in color.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leathery
    Prickly
    Smooth
    Waxy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are alternate, simple, ovate, acute, cuneate, coriaceous, and dark green to blue green in color. They are spinose with 4-8 ascending spines per margin. Grow between 1" -2 1/2" long. Leaves have a leathery feel to them.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are stout and reddish-purple in color. Stems have a triangular, stipular scar.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Lawn
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Pollinator Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Barrier
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer