Ilex x meserveae 'Mondo' LITTLE RASCAL®

Ilex x meserveae 'Mondo'
Ilex x meserveae 'Mondo' LITTLE RASCAL®
blue holly, Meserve holly - male
SIZE/TYPE small shrub
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:green and burgundy red
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full to partial sun
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty) to neutral
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist but well-drained
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
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Little Rascal® is a beautiful new variety of blue holly, found in US nursery Monrovia in 1996 as a natural mutation of another blue holly called Blue Boy. The plant exhibits unique features, distinctly different from its parent for which it was patented under PP9,999 as ilex x “Mondo”.

Little Rascal® is a compact and slow growing variety of blue holly. It bears plentiful of approx. 3 cm long leaves that are evergreen, undulated, richly serrated at margins but not thorny, mid green with coppery red hues. Plant with freshly emerged or just about maturing leaves looks like artificial thanks to its super-glossy foliage. Twigs are burgundy red or reddish-brown. It is a male variety that serves all blue hollies and most of other female hollies as a good pollinator.

Meserveae hollies are called “blue hollies” thanks to the shade of the species leaves that are dark green with bluish tint. And the name meserveae was chosen for its cultivator, Kathleen Meserve, who, literally on her windowsill, made a cross of ilex rugosa and ilex aquifolium in 1950´s to achieve excellent cold hardiness on a fabulously foliaged evergreen plant. She died in 1999 at the age of 93 but left behind an impressive line of these evergreen superbly hardy varieties.

It makes a dense bush that needs no or very little pruning and practically no care. Just provide it with slightly acid soil when transplanting and enough moisture for the first couple of years to enable establishing extensive root system. LiLittle Rascal® is a beautiful and trouble-free low shrub with no defoliated twigs even without pruning. Still, you can shape it in any way from early spring till midsummer. Another huge advantage is its hardiness. It can stand very low temperatures without any damage: Little Rascal® is rated hardy to USDA 4 (-34°C) by its inventor, and is suitable for growing in large outdoor containers and troughs.

Last update 08-03-2012
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Ilex x meserveae
Ilex x meserveae
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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