Ilex meserveae 'Blue Angel'


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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Colourful new growth, Fruit, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

Blue Angel' is a female variety that should produce a good crop of berries if grown in close proximity to a male holly. It is grown primarily for its dark purple stems and purplish foliage. It forms a large slow growing shrub. Like all common holly varieties, it is a robust plant that's ideal for hedges and screens, both inland and by the sea, but also makes a good specimen shrub. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in recognition of its outstanding excellence.

Family: Aquifoliaceae

Genus: Ilex

Species: meserveae

Cultivar: Blue Angel

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Black, Dark green, Blue-green

Feature: Colourful new growth, Fruit, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 400cm

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