Dragon Lady Holly (Ilex × Aquipernyi ‘Dragon Lady’) Zone 6-8
Dragon Lady Holly (Ilex ×Aquipernyi ‘Dragon Lady’) is a pyramidal shaped evergreen holly with an upright growing habit. When fully mature it can reach a height 10 to 15 feet tall and a spread of 6 to 8 feet. The leaves come out as a light green with a slight red tint on the new foliage and then turn a deep dark green color. The leaves on dragon lady Holly have sharp edges on them which make them unpleasant to trim without gloves. Dragon Lady Holly is known for its abundant red clusters of bright red berries. They appear in fall and hang on the shrub all winter to add a nice contrast in color. But they will not produce berries if they don’t have a male companion plant. The small white flowers appear in summer but they are so small they are hard to see. When pruning Dragon Lady Holly, shear the sides of it to the desired width but always remember not to cut off the top leader because it will make it a multi trunk shrub.
Dragon Lady Holly Landscape Use
In landscapes, Dragon Lady Holly can be used in many ways. The most common use is an accent plant at the corner of a house but can also be used as a small hedge or can be planted in an island bed with some smaller shrubs planted around it. When using it as a foundation shrub always make sure to keep it at least 4 to 5 feet away from any structure. Dragon Lady Holly is not a plant and forget type of shrub, it will need trimmed to keep the foliage thick and look its best.
Dragon Lady Holly Facts
Mature height: 12 to 15 feet. I don’t recommend cutting the top of the shrub to make it shorter because it will produce multiple trunks.
Mature width: Grows 6 to 8 feet wide but can easily be trimmed into a smaller size.
Soil Type: adaptable to most soils but will grow best in an acid soil. For faster growing i recommend using a holly-tone plant food.
Growth rate: Moderate about 8 to 10 inches a year
Sun exposure: Full sun is best but will handle some shade. Dragon lady foliage will not get as thick when grown in shade but will survive.
Moisture: Adaptable to most conditions but won’t grow in standing water. Water Dragon Lady when first planted until roots are somewhat established.
Flower: Small white flower in summer that is not that noticeable
Seed: abundant clusters of red berries in the fall and winter
Maintenance: Moderate to high. Dragon Lady will need trimmed once or twice per year to control size or to make the foliage thicker.
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