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Ilex x meserveae ‘Hecken Star’®


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Ilex x meserveae 'Hecken Star'® - is an evergreen holly, a very dense and fast-growing shrub with a columnar, fairly wide habit. The hybrid Ilex x meserveae was bred by accident by Kathleen Meserve, who was an amateur horticulturist from Long Island.
The holly group Ilex x meserveae proved to be a hit worldwide. Later, Kathleen Meserve bred many more varieties of this hybrid. As she joked in one interview: "(...) I made a breakthrough discovery for $15, something that many breeding centres have not been able to achieve for thousands in their breeding programmes (...) you don't have to be a professional botanist or a trained horticulturist to grow plants for the garden (...)"
Ilex x meserveae 'Hecken Star' ® grows to a height of approximately 3 m. The leaves are elliptical in shape are dark green and leathery, finely toothed and not prickly. Male variety. Requires a sunny or semi-shaded position, the soil should be permeable and moderately moist.
Holds frost to -27 degrees oC.
Due to its exceptional frost hardiness, nice habit and glossy foliage, this holly finds use:

  • as a hedge plant,
  • in the gardens,
  • in parks,
  • in the urban green,
  • planted singly or in groups.
Height and width of the dispatched plant

30/40 cm

Target height and width

300/80 cm

Planting period

From spring to autumn

Container size

C5 - 5 liters

Bloom time



Minimum -26/-23 degrees, Zone 5B


Keep the soil moderately moist.

Soil type

Fertile, humus-rich, and permeable, slightly acidic to neutral.


Sunny, partial shade

Maintenance procedures

Formative pruning, topping and fertilizing.

The growth rate

Growth rate typical for the species.

Shrub form

Dense bush

Shrub habit

Columnar and wide

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