Ilex x meserveae ‘Mesog’ (Meserve holly, blue holly)

description:  evergreen shrub

place of origin:  Europe and Japan

urban habitat: cultivated as an ornamental shrub; tolerates air pollution.

ecological function: heat reduction in paved areas; food and habitat for wildlife.

history: A hybrid of a cold hardy, Japanese spreading Holly and a European tree holly produced by Mrs. Leighton Meserve of New York. Its berries are toxic to humans but are a valuable food source to birds.