|Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Maid'
(Blue Maid Meserve Holly)
Botanical Name: Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Maid'
Blue Maid Meserve Holly
Small white flowers are plentiful but not very showy.
Spring - April into May
Dark, blue-green, glossy leaves with small spines spaced along the leaf margin. Leaves turn slightly purple during the winter.
Large bright red berries form in late summer and last into winter.
Fast growing pyramid.
15 feet tall or more if happy.
Full sun is best. Can tolerate some shade but will be more open the less sun it gets.
None as this is a hybrid, which was developed on Long Island, NY
Since Ilex are dioecious, a male plant is required nearby to produce fruit.
Description: This is one of the most recent introductions of Mrs. Meserve’s ‘aquifolium-rugosa’ crosses, and at this point I feel it is the best one. Supposedly hardier than the others, it grows with a broad pyramidal habit and should attain a height of approximately 15 feet or more if happy. Its berries are large and brilliant red. I particularly like the new growth when it first starts pushing in spring and summer, for it is also red and gives the plant a little extra at that time of the year. The foliage is a dark bluish-green, and its branch structure is such that it makes a very full plant without much shearing. It produces the best looking plant at the age we sell them.