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Blue Prince and Blue Princess Holly
Ilex x meserveae

New England gardeners have embraced the 'Blue Prince' and 'Blue Princess' Hollies as being among the best hollies for our region. Bred for their hardiness by an amateur horticulturist in St. James, NY, the Meserve hybrids are also noted for their dense form, lustrous evergreen foliage, and heavy fruit set.

'Blue Prince' and 'Blue Princess' need to be planted near each other in order to produce fruit; one 'Blue Prince' will pollinate many female hollies.

These plants need good drainage and a rich, acid soil. They are good companions for rhododendrons and azaleas, and they accept sun or partial shade. Some protection from winter winds and bright winter sun is preferred.

They make a fantastic, thick hedge, growing to a maximum height of about 15', but can easily be pruned to a lower height.

The Blue Hollies are hardy to Zone 2.