Red Beauty® Holly
Red Beauty® Holly
Ilex x 'Rutzan' P.P.# 14750Item #1965 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 10
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Abundant bright red berries combined with dense, dark green foliage! A wonderful shrub to frame an entrance or driveway. Excellent clipped or informal hedge; maintains a dense, upright, conical form with little or no pruning. For best berry display, plant a male pollenizer nearby, such as Ilex 'Blue Prince'. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:EYE-leksPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing 7 to 10 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteGarden styleAsian/ZenPatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Design IdeasThis versatile and easy care Holly is a wonderful addition to any garden style. Whether you have an Asian, European or Wildlife garden, Red Beauty can be included as a specimen, hedge or mass planting. Plant it in view of the street or picture window and string it with lights for a living Christmas tree. Its conical, dense form makes it easy care and a stunning addition to large gardens and natural areas.Companion PlantsAlthough perfect as a stand alone specimen or living Christmas tree, you can pair Red Beauty with other bird loving plants like Snowberry, Apple Serviceberry, Cranberrybush, Woodbine Honeysuckle, Japanese Flowering Quince, Cotoneaster, Echinacea and Raspberry.
- CareCare InformationFollow 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 to shape in early spring.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This hybrid Holly comes to us after 22 years of research by Dr. Elwin Orton of Rutgers University in New Brunswich, New Jersey, and combines the best genetic traits of Ilex meserveae and I. pernyi. I. x meserveae were originally bred by Mrs. Leighton Meserve of New York by using two species, I. rugosa, a cold hardy, Japanese spreading Holly, and I. aquifolium, a European tree holly that produces an abundance of berries. I. pernyi was introduced to the west by E.H. Wilson, a notable plant collector from England. He discovered the Holly in western China along the Min River.Lore:Holly berries are an extremely valuable food source to birds and other animals. Holly berries are mildly toxic if eaten by humans. Red Beauty requires a male plant nearby in order to set berries. Most male varieties of Ilex meserveae can serve this purpose.