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Ilex cornuta 'Dwarf Burford'

Common Name(s):
Dwarf Burford holly
Shrubs, Trees

A small broadleaf evergreen shrub in the Aquifoliaceae family.  It is commonly used as a speicmen or planted in small groups or used as a hedge.   Female 'Dwarf Burford' plants are parthenocarpic (able to produce fruit without pollination).  The red berries and beautiful evergreen leaves give it great winter interst in the landscpe.  It is a great selection for the south because it withstands heat and some drought once established.

Seasons of Interest

      Fruit: Fall-Winter, red berry  Bark: Winter

Wildlife Value:  Showy fruits are attractive to birds. Members of the genus Ilex support the following specialized bee: Colletes banksi.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Generally pest free.  Potential insect include holly leaf miner, spider mites, whitefly, and scale. Potential diseases include leaf spot, leaf rot, tar spot, and powdery mildew. Plants are also susceptible to leaf drop, leaf scorch and chlorosis (yellowing of leaves in high pH soils). Winter hardiness can also be an issue so consider planting in a protected spot. Avoid poorly drained soils.

Compare this plant to: Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii' (taller)

6-8 ft.
Unusually shaped rectangular leaves (to 4” long) have three large spines at the apex.
Dioecious plants (male and female) fragrant but inconspicuous white flowers appear in May. Pollinated flowers turn into bright red drupes.
Broadleaf evergreen
Plant in a protected location as it is sensitive to frost and winds. It needs average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. In hot summer climates, afternoon shade is appreciated.
8-10 ft.
cpp, small tree, showy fruits, specialized bees, wildilfe, bees, specimen, drought tolerant, birds, nectar, fragrant, fragrant flowers, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 3284

Ilex cornuta 'Dwarf Burford' Berries
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