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Ilex cornuta

Common Name(s):
Chinese holly
Cultivar(s):
Burford, Dwarf Burford, Carissa
Categories:
Shrubs, Trees
Comment:

Drought and heat tolerant; use as a small tree or hedge; flowers attract bees; can be severely pruned. Burford is a very popular cultivar.

Height:
8-25 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple dark green leaves; 1.5-4 in. long; three strong spines on apex; one or two spines at base
Flower:
Small, dull white flowers in spring; 0.2-0.3 in. bright to dull red berries; persists into winter
Zones:
7-9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun; range of soil types; drought and heat tolerant
Texture:
Medium to coarse
Form:
Upright, rounded shrub that can be trained into a small tree or hedge
Width:
5-7 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Leaf:
1.5 to 4 in. alternate, simple leaves

NCCES plant id: 1581

Ilex cornuta Ilex cornuta
Photo by Kahlil, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
Ilex cornuta Ilex cornuta 'Burford'
Photo by Maggie, CC BY-NC-2.0
Ilex cornuta I. cornuta leaf detail: Burford Chinese, Dwarf Burford, Carissa
Photo by Maggie, CC BY-NC-2.0