Red Beauty Holly
Three Holly Species Bred into One!
Red Beauty Holly (Ilex x ‘Rutzan’ Red Beauty®) is a product of the prestigious Rutgers University plant breeding program. Desirable traits from three different holly species (I. aquifolium, I. rugosa and I. pernyi) were bred into this one outstanding holly. You’ll enjoy a threefold benefit when you plant Red Beauty Holly -- its geometric shape, cold hardiness and a profusion of red berries.
Neat, Tidy and Compact
Red Beauty Holly grows naturally into a pyramidal (triangular) shape, which means you don’t have to hire a professional pruner to achieve this geometric look. And unlike other hollies, which can grow far outside that “perfect spot” you had in mind, Red Beauty Holly stays compact, growing no taller than 10 feet (and often shorter). The foliage is very dense, which means that you won’t have gaps between the branches -- it’ll fill out nicely!
Growing Red Beauty Holly is a snap, if you follow these simple guidelines:
• Plant it in a sunny spot (although partial shade is okay, too).
• Although Red Beauty Holly is adaptable to different types of soil, make sure the site where you plant it drains well.
• The first year after you plant it, keep it well-watered -- don’t let the soil dry out. This will help the newly developing root system become firmly established, which helps grow a stronger and healthier plant.
Bunches of Berries
Red Beauty Holly has one of the heaviest fruit sets of any holly, which means red berries in abundance! But to ensure this heavy fruit set, plant a male holly -- Rutgers recommends Blue Prince Holly -- for good cross-pollination of the flowers.
A Bird-Watching Gem of a Plant
Hollies are one of nature’s natural bird feeders, and Red Beauty Holly does not disappoint. As a winter fruiting food source, the berries will attract birds all winter. So if you enjoy bird watching during the cold-weather months (but from the warmth of your home), plant Red Beauty Holly outside a window near your favorite chair inside -- no binoculars needed!