Holly Species - Knowledgebase Question

Fairview Heights, IL
Question by sbehl
April 18, 2000
I have planted "Blue Girl Hollies" and "Blue Boy Hollies" about a year ago. Now I want to add more hollies to my landscaping and can't find the same species anymore. However, I did find a "Blue Princess Holly" and a "Blue Stallion Holly" species. Are these the same "Girl" and "Princess" and "Boy" and "Stallion"? OR Should I care about species? I just want all the hollies to look the same.

Answer from NGA
April 18, 2000


You've listed most of the Meserve Hybrid Holly cultivars. They have similar parentage, but slightly different traits. Blue Boy has a shrubby habit, growing 10'-15' at maturity, and dark green foliage. Blue Girl is a female with red berries but otherwise resembles Blue Boy. Blue Princess is an improved Blue Girl with darker and more abundant fruit and darker bluish green foliage. Blue Stallion is a male with purplish stems and foliage without spines. If you have a choice, the Blue Princess is the closest match to your existing Blue Girl and Blue Boy. Since you already have a male holly, you don't need the Blue Stallion for fruit production.

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