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Holly - China Boy / Size 1
China Boy Hybrid Holly

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*Availability Status: Available for early order - Shipment after 3/29/21
*Average Plant Shipping Size : 10" - 14" tall / Gallon size rootball

*No Shipments to California, Alaska, or Hawaii

Our Price: $7.95

Product Code: HOLCHB1

Ilex x meserveae 'China Boy' - Plant Patent #4803

Overall Description

China Boy Holly is another member of the Meserve Hybrid Holly category - same group of Hollies that gave us the Blue Prince / Blue Princess varieties, as well as several other worthy Holly varieties. Both China Girl & China Boy were first introduced to the landscape trade back in 1979, and have since remained an excellent, and very popular choice for use in many areas of the country still today. This is a male clone holly, and does NOT produce berries at all - but is needed for pollination of all matching female clone hollies so that the female trees / shrubs can produce the red holly berries that Hollies are best known for. The perfect match for China Boy is, of course, China Girl.....however China Boy will also serve as an acceptable male pollinator for several other female holly varieties ( Blue Princess, Blue Maid, and Golden Girl just name a few ). One China Boy holly can pollinate up to 8 or 10 female hollies......so long as they are planted within an acceptable distance of each other - male must be within 50 ft or so of the females for adequate pollination to occur.

Foliage of China Boy Holly is a beautiful lustrous green color year round. Foliage tends to be just slightly darker than China Girl in some areas of the country - and growth rate tends to slightly faster than China Girl. Growth habit if left untrimmed is somewhat rounded................usually equally as wide as it is tall. But both China Girl, and China Boy respond quite well to trimming, and can be maintained at a variety if heights, widths, and shapes through regular trimming / shaping.

One nice characteristic of both China Girl & China Boy Holly is that they have shown much better tolerance to high heat & humidity of the southeast, while still maintaining excellent cold hardiness. This makes them an excellent, preferred choice for both southern, as well as more northern climates. Can be planted together in a hedge type planting, mass planted, or planted separately throughout just about any given landscape. Have been known to withstand extreme conditions that would cause most other "blue" hybrid hollies to perish.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 9 - 12 ft ( if left untrimmed )

--Mature Width : 8 - 10 ft ( if left untrimmed )

--Growth Rate :
Moderate ( 6" - 10" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
5 - 9

--Sun Exposure :
Full to partial sun - will do very well in semi shaded locations also. Growth rate & foliage density will be slightly decreased in fairly shaded locations.

--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly acidic - prefers well drained soils

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen broadleaf - very glossy, dark green foliage with 6 - 8 spines on each leaf typically. Leaves are approximately 1 1/2" - 2" long by about 1" wide at maturity. Texture is rather rigid, with leaves being quite stiff.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Small whitish colored flowers appear in early spring, releasing pollen into the air for pollination of female clone hollies. This is a male clone holly, and does not produce berries.

--Diseases / Insects :
Several minor problems have been observed on China Boy - but none that occur often, or on a regular basis. Problems noted include: Scale infestation, cankers, root rot, leaf spot, nematodes, spittlebugs, and holly looper.

--Recommended Spacing :
5 - 6 ft apart recommended for most typical privacy screen, or border plantings. Spacing can vary slightly depending upon site specific characteristics such as: Sun exposure, area of the country, soil composition, etc.

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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