Ilex × aquipernyi 'Meschick' DRAGON LADY- #7-3/4'

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Easily grown in acidic, moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best fruit production occurs in full sun, but plants generally appreciate some part afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Foliage tends to open up as the amount of shade increases. Avoid poorly drained soils. Mulch will help retain soil moisture and deter weed growth. Prune in winter if needed. Hollies are dioecious (separate male and female plants). In order to set fruit, female plants need a nearby male pollinator.

DRAGON LADY is a female cultivar. I. ‘Blue Stallion’ and I. ‘Blue Prince’ are reportedly good pollinators. DRAGON LADY is winter hardy to USDA Zone 6. In the St. Louis area, it should be sited in protected locations.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Ilex × aquipernyi is a cross between I. aquifolium (English holly) and I. pernyi (perny holly).

Common Name: holly 
Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Family: Aquifoliaceae
Zone: 6 to 8
Height: 10.00 to 20.00 feet
Spread: 4.00 to 6.00 feet
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Suggested Use: Hedge
Flower: Insignificant
Leaf: Evergreen
Attracts: Birds
Fruit: Showy
Other: Winter Interest, Thorns
Tolerate: Air Pollution