Chinese Holly, Horned Holly
Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii'

Family: Aquifoliaceae (a-kwee-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ilex (EYE-leks) (Info)
Species: cornuta (kor-NOO-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Burfordii

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Blue-Green

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Wilmington, Delaware

Bartow, Florida

Inverness, Florida

Lecanto, Florida

Ocala, Florida

Clayton, Georgia

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Pasadena, Maryland

Valley Lee, Maryland

Monticello, Mississippi

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Cary, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina

Newport, North Carolina

Pinehurst, North Carolina

Summerville, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Abilene, Texas

Alice, Texas

Houston, Texas

Humble, Texas

Mc Kinney, Texas

Pflugerville, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Jan 15, 2013, oceanspraygarde from North Saanich
Canada wrote:

Is this variety of holly considered invasive anywhere?

Positive

On Apr 24, 2010, dermoidhome from Baton Rouge, LA wrote:

I inherited several 60+ year old plants when we purchased our home and one acre garden in Louisiana (8b). They are reaching toward the end of their lifespan and some have died and declined, but those we have pruned and fertilized are thriving and healthy in high shade and produce massive quantities of beautiful red berries for Christmas. In early spring, birds will strip the trees bare within a few days and within a couple of weeks new berries are on the way!

Positive

On Nov 8, 2004, PvillePlanter from Pflugerville, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

One of my favorite hedge shrubs. Neat, easy to prune and shape, attractive dark glossy everygreen leaves. Very hardy and low maintenance.