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Red Beauty Holly

Ilex 'Rutzan'

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Red Beauty Holly (Ilex 'Rutzan') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Red Beauty Holly fruit

Red Beauty Holly fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Red Beauty Holly (Ilex 'Rutzan') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Red Beauty Holly foliage

Red Beauty Holly foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Red Beauty Holly (Ilex 'Rutzan') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Red Beauty Holly

Red Beauty Holly

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b


This handsome shrub has a dense, tidy, pyramidal habit that is excellent for screening; requires male pollinator to set fruit; splendid glossy green leaves and abundant red fruit in winter make this a great addition to the landscape

Ornamental Features

Red Beauty Holly is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries from late fall to mid winter. It has attractive dark green foliage which emerges brick red in spring. The glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Red Beauty Holly is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds and bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Red Beauty Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Red Beauty Holly will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more. This variety requires a different selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Massing  Screening  Naturalizing 
Fruit  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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