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Ilex cornuta/Chinese Holly

Ilex cornuta / Ilex cornuta
Typical Chinese holly foliage with wicked spines
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Typical Chinese holly foliage with wicked spines

A volunteer specimen

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Scientific Name: Ilex cornuta
Common Name: Chinese Holly
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Plants with Fragrance
Comments: Tea scale a big problem and is difficult to control due to it being on the underside of the leaves. Excellent as a screen or barrier plant. Heavy production of berries which persist through winter and are not highly attractive to wildlife.