chinaboy/girl holly - Knowledgebase Question

okanogan, Wa
Question by skolander
July 28, 2007
I want to find some china holly. I want a low holly to use as hedging.Would this type do good in my area and sandy soil. I cannot find this type in my area, any ideas. Its the end of July,is it to late to plant.

Answer from NGA
July 28, 2007


China Boy and China girl hollies (Ilex x meserveae 'China Boy' and 'China Girl') are compact, upright, rounded shrubs which would work well for a short hedge. They are slow growing and rather small for hollies, reaching 2-3 ft high in 8 yrs; 6-7 ft in 20 yrs if not pruned.

Most well stocked nurseries will carry these hollies, or you can substitute with something similar. You'll want at least one male as a pollenizer for every 8-10 females in your hedging.

Best wishes with your new hollies.

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