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Male Holly Variety Used to Pollinate the Blue Princess Holly
Blue Prince Holly (ilex) is the male variety that is used to pollinate the Blue Princess Holly. As the male, it does not produce red berries but is required to pollinate the female varieties for berry production. Depending on spacing, usually 1 Blue Price can pollinate up to 4 of the female variety.
As with most hollies, Blue Prince features glossy, green leaves. These have a more blueish tint than the typical dark green.foliage on other holly shrubs. Blue Prince is popular as a hedge. Plant 1 Blue Prince between 2 Blue Princess Hollies on either side to create a lush evergreen hedge with brilliant red berries in winter.
Blue Prince Holly Plant Facts
Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Prince’
|Grow Zones:||5 to 9|
|Foliage||Dark blue green|
|Mature Height||6 – 8 feet|
|Mature Spread||3 – 4 feet|
|Soil Type||Well drained|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Sun|
USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9
Blue Prince Holly Planting and Care
As always, dig your hole twice as wide as the container. Holly roots can also go pretty deep. To encourage new root growth, dig your hole at least 6 inches deeper than the container. Back fill the hole with your soil amended with a quality top soil or compost. The loosened soil will help promote faster root growth. Make sure you don’t plant the Blue Holly shrub below the soil line. You should see the top of the dirt from the container when you are done. Having the base of the shrub below ground will keep it moist and prone to rotting. Water your shrub two times a week after it has been planted. Keep this up for the first four weeks. A good fertilizer, such as Bio-tone starter fertilizer will help promote the growth of new roots.
Blue Prince Holly Pruning
As with most hollies, they do not require pruning. If you do want to keep it in a tight shape, prune in spring before new foliage emerges.