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Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii Nana'

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

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

7 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
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

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative shewhoplants On Apr 21, 2013, shewhoplants from Tifton, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I purchased 2 of these plants from Lowes 3yrs ago. Till this day I have not seen one berry. I then purchased 6, from Lowes, 2 years ago. Not seen any berries on these. They were full of berries when I purchased them. What is wrong. They are in part sun. Do Buford Hollies need a male plant to make berries. I have heard they do not. Does someone in this cyber world know and can help me?

Neutral Fires_in_motion On Jan 21, 2013, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Yes, it's a pretty, essentially unkillable shrub. It would probably survive a nuclear attack, in fact. But my comment is about the size of it. My next-door neighbor planted a fence of this plant around his backyard decades ago, and now each plant is around 8 feet high and wide, making an impenetrable mass. And it's only that small because he goes out there with a chainsaw several times a year to massacre them. (Yes, he specified to me that they are the dwarf form, not the regular Burford.) Without all his trimming, each tree would easily be 15 feet tall. The bases are very wide, about the width of a football.

You can see a photo of part of the exact hedge I'm talking about in the background of this photo I took of my Olea europaea 'Arbequina':

Positive Southernbell421 On Mar 2, 2012, Southernbell421 from Ocala, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a nice shrub. Just watch the leaves as they are pointed.
It takes a cutting real well and just general watering is fine with this shrub. It's leaves give a good color and in the winter it puts out alot of showy red berries (non eatable!).

Positive greenbud On Jul 13, 2006, greenbud from Houston, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Excellent foundation shrub. Mine is limbed up like a tiny tree. Very compact foliage, very shiny leaves. Drought tolerant.

Positive berrygirl On Jan 9, 2006, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I will ditto everything mothernature said about this plant. So far it has been absolutely care-free for me. I really don't have to keep it pruned, but I have 1 on each side of my garage and one seems to be growing faster than the other. I top prune to get them to look even. Other than rainfall, it gets no supplemental watering at all. Our dry hot summers don't seem to faze it.
I will say that in the spring they are covered with sweet-smelling blooms and these attract tons of bees- of which I am allergic to.

Positive MotherNature4 On Dec 13, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This dwarf cultivar has slightly twisted, dark green leaves that look as though they have been polished. It is very compact compared to the species.

It is hardy, evergreen and produces many berries. One of my favorite landscape plants.


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

Gaylesville, Alabama
Vista, California
Wilmington, Delaware
Bartow, Florida
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Braselton, Georgia
Clarkston, Georgia
Tifton, Georgia
Russell, Kentucky
Vacherie, Louisiana
Bay Springs, Mississippi
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Morehead City, North Carolina
Enid, Oklahoma
Charleston, South Carolina
Inman, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Antioch, Tennessee
Culleoka, Tennessee
Allen, Texas
Cedar Park, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Garland, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Murchison, Texas
Richardson, Texas (2 reports)
Spring, Texas
The Colony, Texas
Victoria, Texas
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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