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China® Boy Holly

Ilex cornuta x rugosa ‘Mesdob’

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China® Boy Holly

Ilex cornuta x rugosa ‘Mesdob’

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Ornamental Berries
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Botanical Name

Ilex cornuta x rugosa ‘Mesdob’

Outdoor Growing zone


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Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun

The China Boy Holly is a cold-resistant evergreen shrub with dark-green foliage and an excellent symmetrical form, making a bush up to 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide. It is excellent for hedges and windbreaks, and as a specimen evergreen around your home or out in the garden. As well it is the pollinator of choice for the China Girl Holly, which will produce a huge crop of berries if this male tree is growing nearby. Just one male will pollinate up to 10 female trees, and this variety will also pollinate ‘blue’ hollies, the Chinese holly, and some other hybrid holly bushes.

  • An essential pollinator bush for the China Girl Holly
  • An excellent evergreen bush with rich green foliage
  • Has a good symmetrical form without trimming
  • Grows well in zone 5 and warmer parts of zone 4
  • Vigorous and reliable, with abundant pollen production

The China Boy Holly will grow well in zone 5 without winter damage, and even in zone 4 with some protection. It grows best, and produces the most pollen when grown in full sun, but it will also grow in partial shade. Plant in rich, moist, well-drained soils – once established it has moderate drought resistance and resistance to salt spray as well. Pests, diseases and deer usually leave it alone. Trim once a year after the spring flowering is over, for neatness and good pollen production.