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Plant Details

Blue Holly Castle Spire™

Ilex x meserveae

Proven WinnersBlue HollyCastle Spire™


Dark green foliage with bright red berries, red foliage in fall. CASTLE WALL holly should be planted nearby as the pollinator plant.

Planting Tips

According to the Humane Society of America Ilex berries can be toxic to pets. This is means that the plants are generally identified as having the capability for producing a toxic reaction. Adaptable to wet soils, does well in light and heavy soils. First class pick for planting in saturated areas. Prune immediately after flowering. Blooms on old wood. Likes high moisture, native to swampy and boggy areas. Evergreen shrub. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rates of application. Hardy to -20^F.


These new varieties of blue holly are great foundation plants with compact, pyramidal forms. Their dark glossy leaves, superior vigor and branching make them an improvement over other older varieties. Their narrow form makes them great for hedges, foundation plantings, or even as a dramatic specimen. The lustrous green foliage provides season long interest. CASTLE SPIRE will produce bright red berries for fall and winter enjoyment; use CASTLE WALL as the pollinator. Fruit is not edible. Great as a foundation plant, specimen or hedge, can be used as a replacement for pyramidal yews. Good in groupings and mass plantings, perennial and shrub borders, can be used as a screen or hedge. Good in waterside and wet soils and winter gardens.

This plant is available at your local garden center.

Zone5 thru 7
CategoriesProven Winners, Attracts Wildlife, Shrubs, Winter Interest
LightPlant in sun or partial shade
Height96 to 120 inches
Spacing40 to 50 inches
Resists DeerNo
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