Blue Princess Holly
Red Berries and Purplish Stems on an Evergreen Shrub!
Blue Princess Holly (Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Princess’) is a standout among other types of hollies. This shrub is one of the Meserve hollies, which are hybrid plants specifically bred for their cold hardiness as well as their lustrous leaves. In fact, it’s the leaves that give Blue Princess Holly its colorful name -- dark, glossy, bluish-green foliage covers these shrubs year-round. But Blue Princess Holly’s colorful appeal doesn’t stop at its leaves. Purplish stems and a profusion of red berries offer an eye-catching combination that’ll be a feast for your eyes!
No Need to Prune
If pruning shrubs in your landscape isn’t your cup of tea, you have an option with Blue Princess Holly. If you’d like to do a little trimming in early spring before the new growth begins, you can shape Blue Princess Holly any way that suits your fancy. But this is one plant that grows beautifully into a natural shape without requiring pruning!
Simple Care Tips
Blue Princess Holly prospers when you plant it on a sunny site, although it can handle partial shade. Not too fussy about a particular type of soil, this adaptable plant favors rich soil and a well-drained site. During its first year after you plant it, be sure to give Blue Princess Holly plenty of water to help its root system develop a strong foundation.
Winter Bird Feeder
Here’s a bird feeder you never have to fill or clean! Blue Princess Holly’s bright red berries are irresistible to the birds that will flock to your yard for a fruit snack. Robins, cardinals and blue jays are especially drawn to holly berries. If you enjoy bird watching from a warm place inside your home during the winter, plant Blue Princess Holly within sight of a window!
Deck the Halls
In the world of hollies, most plants are usually male or female. With a nod to the “princess” part of Blue Princess Holly’s name, you’d be right to guess that this plant is a female holly. The way female hollies are able to produce a profusion of berries is when their tiny flowers are fertilized by the pollen from a nearby male holly, called a pollenizer. The perfect pollenizer plant for Blue Princess Holly is Blue Prince Holly. But you only have to plant one Blue Prince Holly to cross-pollinate up to 10 Blue Princess Holly plants. So if you’d like to deck the halls at your house with sprigs of holly bearing red berries during the holidays, be sure to include this regal pair of plants in your yard!