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Ilex pernyi

Common Name(s):
Perny holly
Cultivar(s):
Ilex x aquipernyi 'Brilliant' and 'San Jose', Dragon Lady
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Tall, showy holly shrub; beautiful berries. Ilex x aquipernyi is a cross between I. aquifolium (English Holly) and I. pernyi, from which 'Meschick' (sold as Dragon Lady) is a female cultivar. I. 'Blue Stallion' and I. 'Blue Prince' are reportedly good male pollinators. Use as specimen or accent. Growth rate: slow.

Wildlife Value:  Members of the genus Ilex support the following specialized bee: Colletes banksiThis plant is resistant to damage by deer.

Height:
9-12 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, glossy dark green leaves; 0.6-1 in. long; one to three spines on each side of leaf; borne in a plane
Flower:
Small, inconspicuous yellowish flowers; 0.2 in. red fruit tightly clustered along the stem holds from fall through winter
Zones:
6-9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; well-drained soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Upright, pyramidal form
Width:
4-6 ft.
Tags:
bees, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, wildlife, thorns, deer resistant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 1591

Ilex x aquipernyi 'Meschick' Ilex x aquipernyi 'Meschick'
Photo by Maggie, CC BY-NC-2.0
Ilex pernyi Whole Plant
By Leonora_Enking, CC-BY-SA-2.0