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Robin Holly
Ilex hybrid 'Conin' PP9486

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Holly variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

'Robin' is a tall-growing pyramidal Holly producing burgundy colored new leaves that mature to deep, rich green. She also produces loads of dark red berries in fall that persist into winter. A superb Holly that you can grow as a tall shrub or remove lower branches to form a very attractive, 15 to 20 foot tall small tree.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in a pyramidal form 15 to 20 feet tall and 12 to 15 feet wide at its base, the Robin Holly can be grown as a large shrub or small tree. It is ideal for use as a focal point specimen, in groupings, or in a single or staggered rows as an evergreen privacy screening in landscape borders. Also effective to frame corners or as an accent tree in home foundation plantings or to line a driveway or street.

Spacing Recommendations:  8' for privacy screens; 20 feet or more for space between trees

Cultural Preferences

The Robin Holly is exceptionally easy to grow. It adapts to many soils preferring a moist but well-drained acidic soil of average fertility. Alkaline soils result in chlorosis (yellowing of leaves) which can be corrected by the application of chelated iron and/or soil sulfur. More berries are produced in full to mostly sun however you can expect a good crop even with some shade. Six hours of direct sunlight per day is suggested. Relatively low maintenance when left to grow natural. That said, many landscapers will perform an annual pruning or shearing to maintain a more formal appearance or to control size.

Important Note:  Any heavy pruning after spring flowering will reduce or eliminate berry production.

Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for a Holly tree.

How To Plant A Holly Tree In The Ground Or In Pots

How To Prune A Holly Bush Or Tree

How To Fertilize & Water A Holly Tree

Privacy Screen Design And Planting Tips

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub or Tree
Height at Maturity:  15-20'
Width at Maturity:  12-15'
Spacing:  8' for privacy screens; 20 feet or more for space between trees
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Pyramidal
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Small
Flowering Period:  May, June
Flower Type:  
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Medium Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  Yes
Berry Color:  Red
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist to Somewhat Dry
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7
Maintenance / Care:  Low to Average 
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Mildew, Heat, Clay Soil

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