ILEX: CHINA BOY
LATIN NAME: ILEX X MESERVEAE 'MESDOB'
This extremely hardy, evergreen shrub has dense, dark green foliage with great shearing potential. This credible male pollinator for female hollies blooms small, white flowers in spring. It grows up to 8-10 feet tall(6-8 feet wide). Ideally used as hedge, background, and accent plant.
Amount of Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade
Amount of Water: Water regularly; more frequent watering in extreme heat
Soil Conditions: Prefers rich, moist, well-drained soil; Adapts to range of soils
Cold Hardiness Zone: 4-9
This low-maintenance evergreen needs a regular water schedule to ensure the growth of a mature root system. The first year of growth requires watering weekly. After the mature root system is established, watering is needed occasionally, except during a drought, watering is needed regularly. Once mature, shearing is recommended once per year, preferably in winter, to maintain desired shape.