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Ilex 'China Girl'

Family: Aquifoliaceae (a-kwee-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ilex (EYE-leks) (Info)
Cultivar: China Girl
Additional cultivar information: (PP4878, aka China Girl, Mesog)
Hybridized by Meserve; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1980

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

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

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Provides winter interest

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

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

An excellent foundation plant which is doing quite well in my yard. I included one 'china boy' to insure pollination. The shrubs have filled out nicely in three years and require minimal care.

Neutral Alchris On May 12, 2006, Alchris from Edmonton, AB (Zone 3a) wrote:

I have been growing China Girl holly in Edmonton (Zone 3A) for 3 years. It has survived some severe temperatures combined with no snow cover.

The plants have all survived but have not increased in size or flowered.

May 19/08
After a 5th winter with temps as low as -38*, the holly has finally started to grow a little. It may flower this year.


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

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Olathe, Kansas
Cynthiana, Kentucky
Melbourne, Kentucky
Wrentham, Massachusetts
Lincoln, Nebraska
Oneonta, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Middletown, Ohio
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Montross, Virginia
Oakton, Virginia

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