• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 10 to 12 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Versatile Evergreen Holly
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:I-leks
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Columnar, Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Reaches 10 to 12 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:Yellow
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Companion PlantsRhododendron (Rhododendron); Astilbe (Astilbe); Coral Bells (Heuchera); Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa); Camellia (Camellia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Adapts to a range of soil types; thrives in light, well-drained, acidic soils with consistent moisture. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Tolerates some drought when established. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune to shape in winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This improved hybrid holly, 'RutHol 1', was developed by Dr. John M. Ruter, renowned plant breeder and researcher at the University of Georgia. Open pollinated seed was collected from the seed (female) parent, Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil' (unpatented). Two distinctly different male hollies were growing in the vicinity of the female plant: I. crenata 'Glass' (unpatented) and an unnamed plant of I. maximowicziana (unpatented), both of which have an overlapping period of anthesis with 'Sky Pencil'. The collected seed was cultivated and 'RutHol1' was subsequently selected from this cultivated area. Ilex 'RutHol1' appears to be intermediate to I. crenata and I. maximowicziana, confirming that an unnamed plant of I. maximowicziana is the pollen (male) parent. The original 'RutHol1' plant is growing in Tifton, Georgia.

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