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Ilex opaca 'Red Flush'

American Holly

Plant Type:


Ilex opaca 'Red Flush' (ex: Tom Horner) - Steve Schroeder has identified the plant we are offering through Tom Horner as 'Red Flush'. This fine member of the Hardy Pride series resulted from a breeding program to make handsome and hardier American Hollies. This female American Holly exhibits 2 distinct traits 1) 'Red Flush' has endured dips as low as -29F, fruited well after -26F; 2) the new emerging growth is distinctly dark red. The red transforms to dark, satin-finished green as the leaves expand and mature. It will grow eventually, slowly into an upright conical shape reaching approximately 20 feet in height. Tom Horner contacted us about this fine offering which had been lost to the trade. It is through Tom's kindness that we are able to offer it again. Full sun in fertile, organic moisture retaining loam on the neutral to acid Ph spectrum. Established potted American Holly, cutting grown. (Steve Schroeder 1.270.469.4997 holly society, knows this cv.)

Tom Horner recently wrote to us stating "Both trees, male and female, are planted in the shade of mature oaks. I planted the hollies ithere in 1981, thinking the trees would offer some protection."




20 ft


10-15 ft




(4)5 to 9
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Characteristics and Attributes for Ilex opaca 'Red Flush'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Nature Attraction

  • Songbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Mostly Sunny
  • Full Sun


  • Evergreen
  • Specimen

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Humus Laden
  • Organic
  • Draining
  • Moist
  • Acid
  • Fertile


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Ilex

Common Name: Holly

Hollies from midgets to monsters are wonderful shrubs! Some are evergreen, others deciduous with females revealing copious crops of bright fruit from autumn into winter in various colors which are cultivar dependent. The Ilex x meserveae cultivars are just plain beautiful evergreens happy in sun to open shade in fertile, acid and moisture retaining soils. Winterberries, Ilex verticillata, are happy in full to mostly sunny sites in moist to even wet soils; they are often great autumn/winter fixtures in roadside ditches. The midgets are cute in the rock garden or even in containers. Ilex cornuta's spiny leaves look like giant glossy green mutant horned beetles - just fascinating in their structure. All are terrific wildlife plants and they add so much beauty and multi-seasonal appeal. Cutting grown.