• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growth to just 12 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Ornamental Berries
  • Detail
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 7, 15 - 17, 20 - 24
    Growth habit:Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growth to just 12 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:White
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasExploit the natural symmetry of this well shaped holly for beauty in every season. As a single it makes a large focal point for surrounding planting schemes. Excellent choice for marking corners and accenting curves. As pairs they are particularly useful to flank a driveway entry or front walk. In large tree groves it will stand out in sharp contrast against natural canopy deciduous trees, holding the landscape value in winter. This is an essential to parterres and formal topiary gardens.
    Companion PlantsThis wonderful holly will work perfectly with other tightly formed evergreens such as Green Tower Boxwood, (Buxus sempervirens 'Monrue'). Grow with high contrast flowering Magical Gold Forsythia, (Forsythia x intermedia 'Kolgold'), Scarlet Pearl Snowberry, (Symphoricarpos 'Scarlet Pearl') and Cole's Compact Burning Bush, (Euonymus alatus 'Cole's Compact').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    This is an openly pollenated seedling of Ilex 'Mary Nell', a famous variety which resulted from 1960s breeding three Asian species at Tom Dodd Nurseries at Semmes, Alabama. The cross invloved Ilex latifolia, Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii' and Ilex perneyi 'Red Delight'
    Holly has long been a favorite red berried evergreen for holiday decorating.