|Latin Name||Ilex merserveae 'Blue Maid'|
|Position||Full sun or partial shade.|
|Soil||Most soil types. Well drained. Prefers neutral to alkaline soil.|
|Rate of Growth||Fast growing.|
|Garden Care||Aphids on young shoots, scale insect and holly leaf miner. Phytophthera may affect the roots.|
|Pruning||Remove misplaced shoots in winter. If formally trained maintain shape during summer. Feed after pruning. Mulch in spring.|
Ilex meserveae 'Blue Maid' is probably the hardiest of the blue hollies. It is a dense female variety with blue-green leaves and many red berries in season.