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Ilex cornuta 'Rotunda' is often confused with:
Ilex cornuta Ilex cornuta
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Ilex cornuta 'Carissa' Ilex cornuta 'Carissa'
Ilex vomitoria 'Nana' Ilex vomitoria 'Nana'
Ilex opaca Ilex opaca

Ilex cornuta 'Rotunda'

Phonetic Spelling
EYE-leks kor-NOO-tuh
Description

Ilex cornuta 'Rotunda' is a dense, rounded shrub 1 3/5 - 4 feet tall. It requires little care and has very spiney foliage. This shrub is moderately salt tolerant, is drought tolerant, easily transplanted and does well in clay and alkaline soils. This plant has pest problems.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Compact, spiny, dwarf shrub.
  • Twigs are greenish-yellow.
  • Leaves are rectangular with a spine in each corner.
  • Leaf apex is bent downward and spinose.
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#evergreen#yellow#green#shrub#wildlife plant#nectar plant#salt tolerant#hedges#specialized bees#glossy leaves#rounded#glossy#pollinator plant#fantz#garden#bird friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#evergreen#yellow#green#shrub#wildlife plant#nectar plant#salt tolerant#hedges#specialized bees#glossy leaves#rounded#glossy#pollinator plant#fantz#garden#bird friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ilex
    Species:
    cornuta
    Family:
    Aquifoliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Wildlife Value:
    Fruits are attractive to birds. Flowers attract bees. Members of the genus Ilex support the following specialized bee: Colletes banksi.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Mounding
    Rounded
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Coarse
    Appendage:
    Spines
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Typically lacking in fruit, but occasionally red berries are present.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Inconspicuous
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Prickly
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are glossy dark-green in color, rectangular shaped, and have five sharp spines per leaf. The leaf apex is bent downward and spinose. The apex terminates in a spine. There is typically spine at each corner of the rectangle, plus one or two on the middle of the leaf that curves downward. The leaf arrangement is alternate, and the leaves are simple, evergreen, stipule, and minute.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Smooth
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are greenish/yellow in color.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Lawn
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Barrier
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Salt
    Problems:
    Spines/Thorns