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Ilex x 'Jersey Male'

Jersey Hybrid Holly

Plant Type:


Ilex x 'Jersey Male' – This Holly is the result from the renowned breeding work of Elwin Orton from Rutgers University in New Jersey, hence, the umbrella moniker, “Rutgers Hybrids”. Environmentals Nursery's Jim Cross received some of these miniature complex hybrids in the 1970s. As of 2010 they are still not especially common in commerce (partly due to the time it takes to produce a saleable shrub) but so worthy in applications in which their small size lend possibility. Excellent in the rock garden, edging a small border, as labyrinth and knot garden plants, bonsai or perhaps in the miniature railroad garden this dense, glossy mound is the pollinator for the females. Plant this and the following hollies in fertile acid soil sited in full to part sun, some afternoon shade may be warranted. Established potted and cutting grown... and it took a long time to get it here!



5-12 in


5-12 in


Item Description Price  
ILEXJEMI Ilex x 'Jersey Male' (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - true 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $32.00

Characteristics and Attributes for Ilex x 'Jersey Male'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Nature Attraction

  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Foundation
  • Border
  • Knot Garden
  • Hedgerow
  • Rock Garden
  • Edging
  • Accent
  • Formal Garden
  • Railroad Garden
  • Evergreen
  • Labyrinth
  • Small / Miniature
  • Potted Plant
  • Shrub Border
  • Specimen

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Fertile
  • Acid


  • 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.