Other Holly (Ilex cornuta)

Ilex cornuta is native to Asia. But several varieties have naturalized in the US. It is a broadleaf evergreen that flowers in May. Flowers are fragrant but inconspicuous. Pollinated flowers give way to berry-like red drupes (1/3” long) which ripen in fall and persist into winter. Birds are attracted to the fruit. These are versatile plants that work well in the landscape. We offer Dwarf Burford and needlepoint Holly. Both are popular in the US due to their reliable, low-maintenance beauty.

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Ilex cornutaDwarf Burford Holly

Growth Rate: Vigorous 3 feet per year once well established.
This dense, rounded shrub of 10′ becomes full of lustrous dark green leaves which will usually have a single terminal spine.
The abundance of fruit will follow a long, warm season, and will occur without pollination.
Another possibility for the spine formation is two lateral spines.
If the lower branches are pruned, a tree form will develop.
It may need additional nitrogen to enhance green color when it is heavily fruiting.
Sun Exposure: Sun-Part Shade.
It has a tolerance to heat, drought and alkaline soil.
Water Requirements: Medium
Mature Height: 15-20 feet
Hardiness: Zone 6 to 9

 

Needlepoint Holly

Latin Name: ilex cornuta ‘Needlepoint
Foliage: smooth green evergreen leaves.
Mature Height: 10 feet.
Mature Width: 10-12 feet.
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade.
Soil Conditions: Prefers deep well-drained soil; adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions.
Flowers: small white flowers that bloom in spring and bright red berries through winter.
Uses: as a shrub, border, small tree, hedge and screen.
Drought tolerant after well established.
Soil Conditions: Prefers rich, moist, well-drained soil; Adapts well to almost any soil
Cold Hardiness Zone: 6-9
Moisture: Regular water schedule to ensure the growth of a mature root system. After the mature root system is established, watering is needed occasionally, except during a drought, watering is needed regularly.
Once mature, shearing is recommended to maintain desired shape.

Planting Tips

  • First, always make sure to pick a planting area that is best for the plants growth needs. (ie. soil conditions, drainage, sun exposure and moisture requirements
  • Because roots need room to grow, make sure to always dig a hole the same size deep as the plants root ball and twice as wide
  • Also make sure the plants root ball is even or just above the areas ground level because you don't want to plant too deeply
  • Backfill with the remaining soil and any added mixture like compost, black cow or even regular potting soil
  • Water in the plant well because this will help remove any air pockets that may remain after back-filling.
  • In addition, watering will depend on the type of plant that you planted.
  • Most, but not all, will need a regular water schedule to ensure the growth of a mature root system. if you like in an area with high rainfall, do not over water.
  • Finally, mulching is recommended to deter weeds and keep the moisture content high, also to keep temperatures low.