Arrow Point®

Japanese Holly

Aim High Series

Arrow Point® Holly is on point, with a tidy cone-shaped growth habit and lovely, clear green foliage. Evergreen leaves are soft to the touch with no spines. New growth is gently flushed with burgundy. Excellent planted by an entryway, or to create a focal point in a mixed border. Can be maintained as a smaller 5' high x 3' wide shrub, but matures to 10' high x 6' wide in 5-7 years. Resistant to spider mites.


Ilex x 'RutHol4' PPAF

Use the pyramidal form of Arrow Point to punctuate a shrub border

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Arrow Point®

Plant Profile

Plant Type
Evergreen Shrub
Full Sun to Part Sun
Average Height
5 - 10'
Average Width
3 - 6'
Average Spacing
3 - 5'
Hardiness Zones
Zones 6B-9
Arrow Point®

Features & Uses

  • Natural cone shape
  • Burgundy-flushed new foliage
  • Easily maintained at a manageable size
  • Resistant to spider mites

Development Story

The Aim High™ Hollies are a result of breeding work by Dr. John Ruter of The University of Georgia. As part of his work to develop new plants for southeastern landscapes with unique characteristics or improved environmental tolerances, he selected three hybrid crosses of Japanese holly for the unique burgundy color of their new leaves; useful shapes for a variety of landscape designs; and tolerance to spider mites. Dr. Ruter is the co-author of Landscaping with Conifers and Gingko for the Southeast and head of the UGA Trial Gardens. 

Development Story
Care & Planting

Care & Planting

Aim High™ Hollies appreciate the same growing conditions as Japanese holly. Plant in an area with well-drained soil and full to partial sunlight. Fertilize as needed according to label directions using a fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants. These hollies all have a naturally compact and well-formed growth habit, and do not require pruning. However, if you wish to shape your shrub, the tight growth accepts shearing well, and pruning may encourage additional flushes of new, burgundy-tinted growth. Do not remove more than 1/4 of the overall plant at any time, and shear to a slightly tapered shape to allow sunlight to reach the lower branches. "Topping" the tips of Jade Lance™ is not recommended.

  • In The Garden

    In The Garden

    Arrow Point works equally well flanking an entryway, in a large container, or giving year-round interest to a flower bed.

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