Ilex x meserveae 'CASANOVA®'

Ilex x meserveae
Ilex x meserveae  'CASANOVA®'
blue holly, Meserve holly - male
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:cream and green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°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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We are always happy to hear about any success as far as increasing plants hardiness. And when it happens and a new plant variety is hardy and at the same time beautiful we are lost for words. Casanova® is the one that left us speechless. It is a brand new variety that was only in 2006 introduced at the international nurseries fair in Essen, Germany.

Glossy leaves of this jewel have a dark green background with rather irregular varigation of creamy yellow to almost white towards the margins. Some leaves are creamy yellow or white completely. Every leaf is different, same as every plant – you will not find two identical plants. This makes each one look like a painter’s original. Leaves are gently serrated, not spiny, medium sized (approx. 4x3 cm). New branches are burgundy red same as tiny flower buds. And since Casanova was a bloke (luckily this is not a forum for commenting on his alleged love life), this plant is a male variety, too, very effective as a pollinator for most of the female hollies that need a pollen-partner for producing coloured berries.

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.

Blue hollies need almost no maintenance if you provide them with slightly acidic soil at the beginning and enough moisture for the first couple of years to enable establishing extensive root system. They are beautiful and trouble-free dense shrubs with no defoliated twigs even without pruning. Young plants grow moderately fast until they reach about 1.5m when they slow down and begin forming a dense shrub.

Another huge advantage is its above mentioned hardiness. It can stand very low temperatures without any damage: it is supposed to survive -30°C and thrive in USDA zone 5, perhaps 4 with protection. This fact makes Casanova so far the hardiest evergreen plant in our climate with varigated foliage.

last update 14-12-2007
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Ilex x meserveae height 30-40 cm
Ilex x meserveae height 20-30 cm, width 30-40 cm

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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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