The committee chose Ilex aquifolium ‘Proud Mary’ as the 2012 Holly of the Year. It is a stunning variegated holly that is fast growing and hardier than most English hollies. This variegated sport was discovered by Kenneth McQuage in 1993 and registered in 1995. The vivid red berries are highlighted by green and gold leaves that have few spines. 'Proud Mary' grows as a pyramidal tree and should be hardy into zone 6b.
Ilex aquifolium 'Proud Mary'