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Tim Wood
Grand Haven, MI, USA

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CASTLE KEEP™

Holly - Blue

Ilex x meserveae

'SMNIFA'

PPAF; CBRAF

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  • Evergreen
  • Soft, dense foliage
  • Hardy
Description

Long a favorite during its evaluations, Castle Keep™ blue holly has the classic good looks of this handsome evergreen but with soft-to-the-touch deep green foliage. Semi-dwarf rounded habit makes it a versatile choice for landscape. This is a female variety that will develop red fruit if a male pollinator like Castle Wall™ holly is planted nearby.

USDA Zone 5 - 7 (-20°F/-28.9°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 3 - 5'

Width 3 - 4'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Evergreen

Bloom Time Spring

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil Prefers moist, acidic soils. Shallow root system benefits from mulch.

Pruning Blooms on old wood; however, it's best to avoid pruning female hollies as pruning after bloom removes any developing fruit.

Uses Hedges; screens; specimen; landscaping.

Growing Tips Plant a male pollinator within 50' to ensure pollination; one male will pollinate up to 7 females. To minimize winter damage to the evergreen foliage, provide late-season irrigation if necessary and site so that plant is protected from harsh winds and sun.