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Little Rascal Meserve Holly

Ilex x meserveae 'Little Rascal'

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Little Rascal Meserve Holly (Ilex x meserveae 'Little Rascal') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Little Rascal Meserve Holly

Little Rascal Meserve Holly

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Little Rascal Meserve Holly (Ilex x meserveae 'Little Rascal') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Little Rascal Meserve Holly foliage

Little Rascal Meserve Holly foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  24 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Blue Holly

Description:

One of the hardier evergreen hollies, this is a slow growing, dense, compact variety with the traditional spiny blue-green foliage; doesn't produce fruit, but is used to pollinate female hollies which produce the attractive berries

Ornamental Features

Little Rascal Meserve Holly has dark green foliage. The spiny oval leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Little Rascal Meserve Holly is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Little Rascal Meserve Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Little Rascal Meserve Holly will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Little Rascal Meserve Holly makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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