Jade Lance®

Japanese Holly

Aim High Series

Put your garden on the "up and up" with Jade Lance® - a reliable upright grower that won’t flop open. Burgundy-flushed new foliage makes this evergreen even more of a commanding presence in the landscape. The spineless, soft-to-the-touch leaves mature to a rich, glossy green, but new burgundy foliage will continue to form throughout the growing season. Can be maintained as a 10’h x 2’w size, but matures to 15’h x 3’w. Resistant to spider mites. Bred by Dr. John Ruter with the University of Georgia.

Ilex x 'RutHol3' PPAF

Burgundy-flushed new growth and a rich, glossy sheen makes the foliage stand out from other Japanese hollies.

Strong upright stems won't flop open.

Jade Lance® creates a strong vertical accent in the garden.

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Jade Lance®

Plant Profile

Plant Type
Full Sun
Average Height
Average Width
Hardiness Zones
Zone 6b-9
Jade Lance®

Features & Uses

  • Evergreen
  • Distinctive foliage color
  • Resistant to spider mites
  • Doesn't require pruning

Evergreens make life easy!

Evergreen varieties of Gardener's Confidence plants are so easy to care for! They have been bred and selected for minimal maintenance, disease and pest resistance, and most of all, many years of beauty in the landscape!


Providing a broad range of size, form, color and texture, evergreens create a perfect framework to unify the garden throughout the seasons.


Evergreen shrubs and trees can take up to three years for their new roots to grow into the surrounding soil and become established. When this happens, you’ll notice that your plant is growing faster.


Tip:  If after a few seasons, your healthy evergreen has grown to a size that you like, you can cut back on the amount of fertilizer you use in subsequent years, and this will also allow you to further cut down on pruning!

Evergreens make life easy!

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 and Planting

Care and 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

    Flank an entryway with the strong, space-saving form of Jade Lance. The narrow, vertical growth habit will fit well in the tightest spots, without pruning. 

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