University of Maryland Extension

Dragon Lady Holly

Text and photo by Ellen Nibali

Ilex x aquipernyi  

To anchor the corner of a house with an evergreen that’s not too tall or wide, Dragon Lady holly works superbly.  At 15-20’ tall and 4-6’ wide, this female holly dresses in shiny dark green leaves with the traditional holly shape. Its slender pyramid form also provides privacy in a tight spot.  Dragon Lady is related to the ‘Blue’ Meserve hollies, bred to withstand extreme cold.  She is not picky about location, but avoid a baking southwest site.  If you plant a male pollinator, Dragon Lady rewards with large red berries.  (‘Blue Stallion’ is known to perform this function, though other hollies may also--the more closely related the better.) 

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