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

Family: Aquifoliaceae (a-kwee-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ilex (EYE-leks) (Info)
Cultivar: China Boy
Additional cultivar information:(PP4803, aka China Boy, Mesdob)
Hybridized by Meserve
Registered or introduced: 1980

Category:

Shrubs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Patent expired

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

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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Gardeners' Notes:

2
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RatingContent
Positive

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

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.