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Ilex ‘Red Beauty’ (Holly)

Holly 'Red Beauty', Red Beauty Holly, Ilex 'Rutzan'

Ilex Red Beauty, Holly 'Red Beauty', Red Beauty Holly, red berries, evergreen shrub, Aquifoliaceae, Berry, holly, Ilex, winter shrub, Ilex Rutzan

Vigorous and well-branched, Ilex ‘Red Beauty’ is a compact, upright, evergreen shrub of pyramidal habit with excellent year-round interest. When pollinated by a male blue holly, it produces a profusion of attractive bright red berries from fall into winter. Extremely showy, they enliven the winter landscape and attract birds. The shiny foliage of small, spiny leaves remains dark green throughout the winter. ‘Red Beauty’ is a female plant and needs a male pollinator to produce attractive red berries, such as ‘Blue Prince’, ‘Blue Boy’, or ‘Blue Stallion’ (any male blue holly – Ilex × meserveae). This is an outstanding plant for the winter landscape, ideal for hedges, foundation plantings, or even as a dramatic specimen.

  • Grows up to 6-10 ft. tall (180-300 cm) and 4-5 ft. wide (120-150 cm).
  • Full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in average, medium, well-drained soils. Tolerates light or heavy soils but prefers moist, acidic soils.
  • Generally pest and disease free. Deer resistant
  • Mass in mixed shrub borders. Perfect as a specimen plant, hedges, or for foundation plantings. The red-fruited branches make lovely home decorations.

Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 10
Climate Zones 3, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Aquifoliaceae
Genus Ilex
Common names Holly
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6' - 10'
(180cm - 3m)
Spread 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spacing 48" - 60"
(120cm - 150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Ilex cornuta ‘Needlepoint’ (Chinese Holly)
Ilex cassine (Dahoon)
Ilex Golden Oakland® (Holly)
Ilex crenata (Japanese Holly)
Ilex verticillata (Winterberry)
Ilex decidua (Possumhaw)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 10
Climate Zones 3, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Aquifoliaceae
Genus Ilex
Common names Holly
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6' - 10'
(180cm - 3m)
Spread 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spacing 48" - 60"
(120cm - 150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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Do I Need?
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