I'm in agreement with Christy here. It reminds me of some regelia type arils. Maybe a hybrid with I. stolonifera of some sort? Did you ever try any of those? Elm Jensen might have a good take on my thinking here.
Texas Zone 7b, USA
--- In email@example.com, "Christy Hensler" <hensler@...> wrote:
> I couldn't get over how much yours looked like 'Vera Ruby'.