- Common Name(s):
- Perny holly
- Ilex x aquipernyi 'Brilliant' and 'San Jose', Dragon Lady
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 banksi. This plant is resistant to damage by deer.
- 9-12 ft.
- Alternate, simple, glossy dark green leaves; 0.6-1 in. long; one to three spines on each side of leaf; borne in a plane
- Small, inconspicuous yellowish flowers; 0.2 in. red fruit tightly clustered along the stem holds from fall through winter
- Sun to partial shade; well-drained soil
- Upright, pyramidal form
- 4-6 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1591