Ilex Red Sky™

Ilex Red Sky™

Ilex crenata Hybrid ‘RutHol8’ PPIP

This dense, upright, structural addition to consumers’ landscapes adds color with its reddish new growth and black berries.

Sunset Zones

3–9, 14–24

USDA Zones

-10°F to 0°F USDA zones 6–9

This plant isn't suitable for your USDA Zone 5b

Ilex Red Sky™ Features

Plant Dimensions

8' H x 3' W

Landscape Use

Accent, Container, Hedge, Mass planting, Poolside

Plant Type


Growth Rate



Full sun to part shade

Special Feature

Upright Habit


Upright growth habit. Red/bronze new growth.

Flowering Season


Ilex Red Sky™ Plant Care

Water Needs

Medium Water Once Established


Apply controlled release fertilizer in spring


Prune to shape as desired


Well-drained garden soil w/ rich organic matter

Planting Instructions

1. Dig in your native soil a hole as deep and wide as the container. We recommend planting in native soil for best acclimation.
2. Fill the hole with water and thoroughly water the new plant; allow both to drain.
3. Gently place the plant on its side and remove the pot. Place your hand on the bottom of the plant and put it in the hole.
4. Return native soil around the root ball, wetting and gently tamping down.
5. To complete, create a shallow trench around the base of the plant to contain the water when watering.
6. Mulch 1–2” deep around the plant, avoiding the area closest to the stem.

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Your zip code 50307 is in Zone: 5b with a temperature range of: -15 to -10 °F.