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Ilex x 'Emily Bruner'

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EYE-leks
Description

'James Swan' is the male pollinator for 'Emily Bruner'. This plant can be an evergreen shrub or a small tree up to 19 1/2' tall. It is dense, broad, and pyramidal. Large, persistent red fruits encircle the stems, creating winter interest. This plant requires more nitrogen than other hollies to maintain the consistent dark green foliage. It is a hybrid between I. cornuta and I. latifolia.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Leaves are oblong with nearly parallel sides.
  • Leaves are large, dark green, and 4 7/10" long x 2" wide.
  • Leaves have coarse, spinose teeth around the margin.
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Tags:
#bees#evergreen#foliage#green#red berries#wildlife plant#nectar plant#winter interest#specialized bees#red fruits#pollinator plant#winter fruits#bird friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#evergreen#foliage#green#red berries#wildlife plant#nectar plant#winter interest#specialized bees#red fruits#pollinator plant#winter fruits#bird friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ilex
    Family:
    Aquifoliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Wildlife Value:
    Fruits are attractive to birds. Flowers attract bees. Members of the genus Ilex support the following specialized bee: Colletes banksi.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    This plant is resistant to damage by deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Horizontal
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
  • 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 Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Large, vivid red, globose berry-like fruit clusters encircle the stem.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leathery
    Prickly
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblong
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are glossy and dark green and are 4 7/10" long x 2" wide. There are usually 12-15 pairs of spines on each side. They are alternate, simple, and oblong to oblong-elliptical. The apex is obtuse with a terminal spinose tooth.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Winter Garden
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer