Ilex x meserveae 'Prince Charming'

Meserve Holly

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Ilex x meserveae 'Prince Charming' – This is arguably the most beautiful of all the Meserve male pollinators which include 'Blue Boy' and 'Blue Prince'. Deep, dark lustrous evergreen leaves cloak blackish purple stems on a relatively compact shrub. Clustered flowers at leaf axils open pink and fade to pale pink and white. Stems are more upright and jutting in youth but in a matter of a few years the large shrub will begin to grow more densely. 'Prince Charming' is handsome, indeed, sited in three-quarters shade to full sun planted in fertile, acid soil. The occasional judicious trim will keep this Holly even more dense and bushy. The flowers which occur in spring are the perfect counterpart to 'Blue Girl', 'Honey Jo', 'Blue Maid', 'Dragon Lady', 'Gretchen', 'Blue Princess', 'Golden Girl' and 'Honey Maid'. Bees love the flowers and birds including Cedar Waxwings, Robins, Bluebirds and Titmice among others love the female fruits in winter. We recommend spring planting for northern customers. Established potted holly, cutting grown.


10 ft


10 ft




(4b)5 to 9
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Item Description Price  
ILEXPRICH Ilex x meserveae 'Prince Charming' (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - true 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $30.00

Characteristics and Attributes for Ilex x meserveae 'Prince Charming'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring into Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Interesting Bark

  • Colored

Nature Attraction

  • Songbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Foundation
  • Screen
  • Border
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Shrub Border
  • Foliage
  • Heath / Peat Garden
  • Hedge
  • Evergreen
  • Hedgerow
  • Specimen

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Fertile
  • Draining
  • Humus Laden
  • Moist
  • Acid


  • Garden Origin

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.