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
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.