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Ilex cornuta 'D'Or'

Common Name(s):
D'Or Chinese holly, Yellow-berry Chinese holly
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

This yellow-fruited holly shrub is in the Aquifoliaceae family.  As with the standard 'Burfordii' this rarely offered variety may get considerably larger than size given so allow ample space. Ilex cornuta is native to China.

Seasons of Interest:

    Foliage: Evergeen  Fruit: Winter, yellow

Wildlife Value: Chinese holly's mature size, well-branched growth, and dense prickly foliage make the tree ideal year-round shelter for small animals. Yellow 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.

This plant may be confused with:   Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii'.

Height:
10-12 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, lustrous, dark olive green leaves; terminal spine
Flower:
Not particularly showy, small, creamy white flowers in late spring to early summer; golden yellow berries in fall
Zones:
7b to 9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to light shade; range of soil types including clay and sand but must be well-drained
Texture:
Coarse
Form:
Dense, rounded, upright
Width:
6-8 ft.
Tags:
bees, birds, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, wildlife, yellow berries, winter interest, deer resistant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 1584

Ilex cornuta 'D'Or' Form
JC Raulston Arboretum
Ilex cornuta 'D'Or' Yellow berries.
JC Raulston Arboretum
Ilex cornuta 'D'Or' Close up of leaves and berries.
JC Raulston Arboretum
Ilex cornuta 'D'Or' Yellow berries provide winter interest.
JC Raulston Arboretum