Royal Family (Blue Prince/Blue Princess) Holly - pyramidal form Tree

Growth Facts

Royal Family (Blue Prince/Blue Princess) Holly - pyramidal form

Ilex x meserveae 'Royal Family'

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All hail the Royal family! An elegant combination of Blue Prince Holly and Blue Princess Holly carefully grown together to ensure proper pollination and a spectacular display of showy red berries! Breathtaking glossy green foliage shines all year long as the seasons bring bright crimson berries to pop in sophistication against its emerald backdrop. Trim the handsome foliage to make your own holiday decorations bursting in bright berries and the start of a new family tradition! Add sophistication to your garden and finishing touches to your foundation plantings as excellent hedges and beautiful privacy screenings. Royal Family Holly, long may they reign!

  • Size AA (15-18" tall) 
  • Size A (24-30" tall) 

Growth Facts

The Story

Kathleen Kellogg Meserve was a horticulturist from Long Island; she began her love of plants when her family moved to a 10-acre farm shortly after WWII. She yearned to learn more about gardening and attended a nearby lecture about Holly, a common decoration for Christmas foliage and cut greenery. Over the years, she collected many types of Holly plants and created beautiful cultivars such as Blue Girl, Blue Boy, Blue Prince, Blue Princess, and Blue Angel, China Boy, China Girl, and Centennial Girl. Her Holly shrubs began to sell worldwide, and the profits from the sale of Mrs. Meserve's holly patents helped maintain her estate, which came to be called Holly-by-Golly. 

How to Grow

Royal Family Holly is tougher than many other Hollies, but it does prefer a moderate climate. It performs best with protection from icy winter winds; at the other extreme, it struggles in the Deep South because of the intense heat there. Give it part shade or full sun, but avoid baking-hot southern and western exposures. Apply water regularly if no rain falls, making sure the soil doesn’t remain soggy

Size Guide

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Royal Family (Blue Prince/Blue Princess) Holly - pyramidal form Tree