Plant DetailShow Menu

Dragon Lady Holly Ilex x aquipernyi

Other Common Name(s):

Description

A hybrid cross of I. aquifolium and I. pernyi. It is an evergreen shrub to small tree, is densely narrow and pyramidal, and grows up to 20' tall. Plant in the full sun to partial shade with moist, well-drained soil. Hollies are dioecious plants so you will need both a male and female to set fruit. Ilex x aquipernyi 'Aquipern' is the male clone of this plant, and Ilex x aquipernyi 'San Jose' is the female clone. This plant is considered a northern holly because it doesn't tolerate heat well. In southern climates, the shrubs appreciate some afternoon shade though the best fruit production occurs in full sun. Use this plant as a screen or hedge in a shrub border, its tall, narrow form make it a great choice for vertical spaces. Both leaves and fruit provide interest in a winter garden. This plant has no serious pests.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Small, narrowly elliptic leaves have 5-9 spines
  • Leaves have prolonged apex with a terminal spine
  • Leaves are slightly convex
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Aquipern'
  • 'San Jose'
Tags:
#birds#wildlife plant#low maintenance#winter interest#air pollution tolerant#showy fruits#columnar#deer resistant#glossy leaves#thorny#screening#fantz#vertical spaces#evegreen#narrow
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Aquipern'
  • 'San Jose'
Tags:
#birds#wildlife plant#low maintenance#winter interest#air pollution tolerant#showy fruits#columnar#deer resistant#glossy leaves#thorny#screening#fantz#vertical spaces#evegreen#narrow
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ilex
    Family:
    Aquifoliaceae
    Wildlife Value:
    Fruits attract birds.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Columnar
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    12-24 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    This plant produces a red, globose berry.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are small and white.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leathery
    Prickly
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblong
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are alternate, simple, narrowly elliptic-oblong, slightly convex, and a little over an inch long. They have a prolonged apex with 5-9 evenly spaced, undulate spines.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are greenish-brown in color.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Vertical Spaces
    Design Feature:
    Barrier
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Pollution
    Problems:
    Spines/Thorns