Plants: Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Angel'® - blue holly, Meserve holly

Posted by havlis 02.04. 2008 14:21:51 (26589 readers)
Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Angel'® - blue holly, Meserve holly

Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Angel'® - blue holly, Meserve holly

Blue Angel ® is a favourite female variety of blue hollies. It flowers abundantly in the spring and fruits are born in the autumn. They are bright red, shiny berries that remain on the plant until early to mid spring. It needs a male pollinator e.g. Blue Prince®. Leaves are very glossy, larger than other blue’s, deep green, young ones are almost violet-blue. The leaves have crinkled edges as a result of further crossing with ilex aquifolium. This variety is slow growing.

Meserveae hollies are called “blue hollies” thanks to the shade of the species leaves that are dark green with bluish tint. And the name meserveae was chosen for its cultivator, Kathleen Meserve, who, literally on her windowsill, made a cross of ilex rugosa and ilex aquifolium in 1950´s to achieve excellent cold hardiness on a fabulously foliaged evergreen plant. She died in 1999 at the age of 93 but left behind an impressive line of these evergreen superbly hardy varieties.

Blue hollies need almost no maintenance if you provide them with slightly acidic soil at the beginning and enough moisture for the first couple of years to enable establishing extensive root system. They are beautiful and trouble-free dense shrubs with no defoliated twigs even without pruning. They grow moderately fast and make dense foliage in the lower parts while they push new branches upwards. This feature is employed when using this holly into a hedge.

Another huge advantage is its above mentioned hardiness. It can withstand temperatures down to -26 or -28°C.
Milan Havlis, Specializované zahradnictví
Chlumec 23, 382 32 Velešín, Czech republic
www.havlis.cz

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