Ilex aquifolium 'RUBRICAULIS AUREA'

Ilex aquifolium
Ilex aquifolium  'RUBRICAULIS AUREA'
varigated holly
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:yellow and green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full sun to shade
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
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Rubricaulis Aurea is supposed to be the hardiest holly from the aquifolium group with varigated foliage. The leaves are deep green in the centre with rich yellow, spiny margins which turn pink in cold months.

It is a female variety which bears red fruits in the autumn. To do so it needs a male plant nearby. Good pollinators are varieties Blue Prince® or Casanova.

It grows more slowly compared to other common hollies, it may reach about 2m in our zone (USDA 6). The habit is somewhat broadly irregular. To maintain a compact form you can prune it 1-2x a year. First, beginning of spring remove all unsightly, dead or too long branches. Then, if needed, in mid-summer trim the ends of branches to encourage branching and make a nice shape.

Hollies prefer acidic, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. Grow in full sun or semi-shade, this variety is less sensitive to winter sunburn. Fully hardy to min. -25°C (USDA zone 5b-6).

Last update 12-01-2008
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