Ilex cornuta 'Carissa'
- Common Name(s):
- Carissa holly, Dwarf Chinese holly
Drought and heat tolerant; excellent formal shrub. This shrub is moderately salt tolerant.
Wildlife Value: Fruits are attractive to birds. Flowers attract bees. Members of the genus Ilex support the following specialized bee: Colletes banksi. This plant is resistant to damage by deer.
- 3-4 ft.
- Alternate, simple, leathery, dark olive-green leaves; 2-3 in. long; long, single terminal spine
- Non-showy flowers
- Sun to partial shade; range of soil types
- Compact; rounded, dense mound
- 4-6 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1583