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fine Gardening names Red Sky™ Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata ‘RutHol8’) in Best New Plants for 2023


‘Sky Pencil’ Japanese holly has been a staple of landscapes for years, but it has a significant drawback—namely, a proclivity to splay unpredictably with age. Red Sky™ keeps a tighter silhouette and, notably, gets lovely reddish new growth in spring as well. You can still expect black fruit in winter to add an extra level of interest.

Red Sky™ Japanese holly

Red Sky™ Japanese holly (Ilex crenata ‘RutHol8’)

Zones: 6–9

Size: 8 feet tall and 3 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; average, well-drained soil

Native range: Japan, Korea, China, eastern Russia

Introduced by Southern Living Plant Collections

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