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Scientific Name: Ilex x meserveae 'Centennial Girl'
Pronunciation: EYE-lecks ex MESS-erv-ay
Common Name: Centennial Girl holly
Family Name: Aquifoliaceae
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Key ID Features: Similar to Ilex aquifolium, structure pyramidal; stems purple tinged-green; leaves satiny dark green, serrated, spiny, elliptic to ovate; flowers pinkish-white. Winter ID: fruit glossy red berries (female plants).
Course(s): HORT 2355, CLT Training

Habit: Dense, Twiggy, Upright
Form: Pyramidal - widely
Texture: Medium
Mature Size:
Height:2 - 3m
Spread:2 - 3m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: Garden origin (Ilex rugosa x I. aquilfolium)
Hardiness Rating: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 C)
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Well-drained
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Attract birds, Fall interest, Hedge row, Mixed shrub border, Screening, Security/barrier, Sheared hedge, Topiary, Wind break, Winter interest
Additional Info: Google
Centennial Girl holly
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Leathery, Pinnate venation
Surfaces: Lustrous
Colour in Summer: Bluish, Green
Colour in Fall: Bluish, Green
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Oblanceolate
Margins: Spinose

Inflorescence Type: Floriferous, Cyme
Flower Morphology:Dioecious plant
Number of Petals:4
Corolla Shape:Cruciform
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Showy, White
Flower Time at Peak: May, Jun
Additional Info: Flowers may appear to have both stamens and pistils but individual plants are functionally uni sexual.

Fruit Type: Berry (true)
Fruit Colour: Red
Fruiting Time: Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec
Additional Info: Showy, Persistent, berry-like: 4 - 6 seeds each with own hard endocarp (pyrenes) - slightly toxic to people (may cause vomiting and diarrhea)

Bark or Stem Colour: Brown, Red
Organ Modifications: Spines

Propagation: Cuttings
Plant Care:
Maintenance:Low maintenance plant
Other: Prune early spring before new growth.
Pest Susceptibility: Leaf miner insect, ( Pest resistant, Disease resistant, Deer resistant )
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