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Ilex x meserveae 'Honey Jo'

Meserve Holly

Plant Type:


Ilex x meserveae 'Honey Jo' - This less common Meserve Holly with its display of glossy leaves broadly margined honey gold is just plain beautiful. New leaves are entirely warm yellow as it can take some time before the hearts of the leaves develop the green. And the foliage contrasts beautifully with the dark black-purple stems. 'Honey Jo' is a female form and will develop bright red holly berries but it is the foliage that is the winning feature on this rarely offered form. What a beauty! Cutting grown.


6-8 ft


6-8 ft


Item Description Price  
ILEXHOJO Ilex x meserveae 'Honey Jo' (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $30.00

Characteristics and Attributes for Ilex x meserveae 'Honey Jo'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Interesting Bark

  • Colored

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Nature Attraction

  • Songbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Shade Tolerant


  • Hedgerow
  • Accent
  • Foundation
  • Border
  • Screen
  • Evergreen
  • Shrub Border
  • Specimen

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Fertile
  • Moist
  • Acid


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Ilex

Common Name: Holly

Hollies from midgets to monsters are wonderful shrubs! Some are evergreen, others deciduous with females revealing copious crops of bright fruit from autumn into winter in various colors which are cultivar dependent. The Ilex x meserveae cultivars are just plain beautiful evergreens happy in sun to open shade in fertile, acid and moisture retaining soils. Winterberries, Ilex verticillata, are happy in full to mostly sunny sites in moist to even wet soils; they are often great autumn/winter fixtures in roadside ditches. The midgets are cute in the rock garden or even in containers. Ilex cornuta's spiny leaves look like giant glossy green mutant horned beetles - just fascinating in their structure. All are terrific wildlife plants and they add so much beauty and multi-seasonal appeal. Cutting grown.