Holly (Ilex x aquipernyi Dragon Lady) in the Ilex Database

Trade name information:
Trade Name: Dragon Lady
Cultivar name: 'Meschick'
General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 10 to 20 feet
Plant Spread: 4 to 6 to 10 feet near bottom
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Dioecious
Child plants: one child plant

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 14, 2019 2:13 PM

The 'Dragon Lady' Perny-English Holly (Ilex x aquipernyi) is a hybrid cultivar from the hybridization of the English Holly of Europe with the Perny Holly of central Asia. I believe "she" was developed by Mrs. F. Leighton Meserve of St James, New York along with the many Meserve Holly crosses of the English Holly with the Prostrate Holly (Ilex prostrata) from Asia. She is somewhat commonly planted in southeast Pennsylvania and nearby Delaware and Maryland, and sold by a good number of conventional nurseries. This female (pistillate) cultivar does not bear a lot of the pea-sized red berries unless there is a male pollinator nearby as the 'Blue Stallion' or 'Blue Prince' Meserve Hollies. The leaves are extremely sharp-spined like the parent Perny Holly and I have never liked to have to prune or work around the small tree, as it can be painful. I remember one account in a front yard where I had to get up on a ladder to prune two tall specimens about 15 to 20 feet high that was not a pleasant experience. She is pretty to look at with her dark, shiny foliage, but watch out. I believe the plant is adaptable to a pH up to about 7.0.

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