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Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii' /Burford Chinese Holly

Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii'   / Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii'
Among the most popular hollies in the South
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Among the most popular hollies in the South

Clipped hedge

Mature specimen in very heavy fruit set

Pruned into a tree (standard) form

Clipped hedge


Burford one of the many Chinese introductions grows to fifteen feet or more if unpruned

Hedge that needs to be clipped a couple times per year

Close-up image of foliage and heavy fruit set

Closely clipped hedge

A hedge like this is high maintenance -- frequent pruning

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Scientific Name: Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii'
Common Name: Burford Chinese Holly
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 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 that Attract Birds
Plants with Fragrance
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: This species is a fast grower, produces heavy crops of persistant red berries, long lived, and has an upright to oval form. Uses include hedge, barrier, specimen, espalier and small tree. Fruit barely used as wildlife food. It is subject of insect infestations.