• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing 7 to 10 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Deer Resistant
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:EYE-leks
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing 7 to 10 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Patent 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.
  • 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 to shape in early spring.Pruning time: winter.
    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
    History:
    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.

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