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ILEX (RED BEAUTY®)

Image of Ilex 'Rutzan' (RED BEAUTY®) PP14750

Family

Aquifoliaceae

Botanical Name

ILEX 'Rutzan'(RED BEAUTY®) PP14750

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Holly, Red Beauty® Holly

General Description

The vigorous Red Beauty® produces a jackpot of big red berries in fall and winter. These glow against the beautiful small glossy leaves of this exceptionally winter hardy dwarf cultivar. This hybrid combines all the ornamental qualities of its parent species, Ilex pernyi and I. x meserveae.

Red Beauty® is unusual in that it has both male and female flowers, but its male flowers have underdeveloped stamens so it’s not self-fertile. Consequently, it is necessary to plant a compatible male holly nearby to ensure pollination and subsequent fruit set. Any male-flowered Ilex pernyi or I. x meserveae will suffice so long as it blooms at the same time as Red Beauty®. The large, abundant red fruits that follow are fully mature by fall and continue to look pretty into winter until they are eaten by hungry songbirds.

This holly accepts most well-drained soils but prefers slightly acid loam. It grows well in full or partial sun and will tolerate drought and summer heat well once established. Too much shade will induce leggy growth and sparse foliage. It is a cold-hardy plant that is perfect for compact hedges, large containers or mixed borders. It also makes a superb specimen plant and its pretty boughs can be cut and enjoyed indoors for holiday decorating.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6'-9' / 1.8m - 2.7m

  • Width

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No