Ilex x meserveae Castle Gold™

Blue Holly, Holly, Inkberry

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Plant Code: ILCG

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Captivating lime-yellow foliage with the classic holly shape matures to bright gold. Brilliant red berries in a late season garden are stunning. Use Castle Wall™ to pollinate for berries.

Ilex Castle Gold™ is an attractive hedge, foundation planting or specimen shrub. One Castle Wall (male) will pollinate three Castle Gold (female) up to 30’ apart. Prefers moist, acidic soils. Branches are striking accents for wreaths and holiday table arrangements.


Type: Shrubs
Height: Tall 5-6'
Spacing: Plant 5-6' apart
Bloom Time: Late Spring to Early Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Mostly Sunny
Zones: 5-8   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Acidic
Flower: White
Accent: White
Patent: PP26,926 'David Carroll'
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Deer Resistant
  • Evergreen
  • Good for Hedge
  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant
  • Wet Site Tolerant
  • Winter Interest

Ilex General Information

Blue Holly are evergreen shrubs with bright red fruit. Berries appear on females after flowering and mature to bright red, remaining until mid-winter or later. Provides welcome color in the winter landscape. Cut branches are welcome additions for holiday arrangements. Birds love the berries.

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Ilex Plant Care

Use Ilex Castle Wall to pollinate for berry production. Excessive pruning is not recommended - prune newly emerging foliage to shape if desired. Berries on old wood. Hard pruning is best done in stages over 2-3 years and only if necessary. Fertilize in early spring with a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs.