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Ilex cornuta 'Carissa'

Common Name(s):
Carissa holly, Dwarf Chinese holly
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

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 banksiThis plant is resistant to damage by deer.

Height:
3-4 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, leathery, dark olive-green leaves; 2-3 in. long; long, single terminal spine
Flower:
Non-showy flowers
Zones:
7-9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; range of soil types
Texture:
Coarse
Form:
Compact; rounded, dense mound
Width:
4-6 ft.
Tags:
cpp, bees, drought tolerant, birds, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, salt tolerant, deer resistant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 1583

Ilex cornuta 'Carissa' Ilex cornuta 'Carissa'
Maggie, CC BY-NC-2.0
Ilex Cornuta 'Carissa' Whole Plant
Maggie, CC BY-NC-2.0