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PlantFiles: Blue Holly, Meserve Holly, Meserve Hybrid Holly
Ilex 'China Boy'

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Family: Aquifoliaceae (a-kwee-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ilex (EYE-leks) (Info)
Cultivar: China Boy
Additional cultivar information: (PP04803, aka Mesdob)
Hybridized by Meserve; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1980

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Category:
Shrubs

Height:
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
White/Near White
Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Patented

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive claypa On Dec 9, 2006, claypa from West Pottsgrove, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This cross of Ilex cornuta and I. rugosa was selected by Kathleen Meserve of St. James, Long Island, New York.

It is a Meserve holly, but not Ilex x meservae, the name reserved for crosses of Ilex rugosa and Ilex aquifolium.

Positive winging On Aug 1, 2006, winging from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This does well as a foundation plant and requires little maintenance. It does not produce berries but is needed to pollinate China Girl.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas
Sugar Grove, Illinois
Olathe, Kansas
Cynthiana, Kentucky
Lincoln, Nebraska
Cincinnati, Ohio



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