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Ilex ‘Indian Chief’

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An unusual species of holly native to the ravines and hills of Eastern China and Korea, Ilex cornuta 'Indian Chief' has dark green, glossy leaves with a unique horned shape. The central leaf spine points downwards, while the next two point up like horns.

In late autumn Ilex cornuta 'Indian Chief' develops small, bright red and long lasting fruit nestled amongst the branches.

Supplied Size: 3L containers (25 - 30 cm tall, young plants)

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Ilex ‘Indian Chief’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Ilex ‘Indian Chief’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Ilex ‘Indian Chief’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

osition: Full sun or shade.
Soil: Fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Flowering Period: April.
Rate of Growth: Slow to moderate.
Habit: Ilex cornuta 'Indian Chief' eventually grows to be a large, densely branching shrub.
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 4 m (13 ft)

Notes: A specimen of Ilex cornuta 'Indian Chief', planted in the woodland garden surrounding our nursery had reached a height of 2 m, a spread of 2.5 m after 8 years.

Plant Finder: about Ilex ‘Indian Chief’

Common names

Holly 'Indian Chief'


Ilex ‘Indian Chief’ (Holly 'Indian Chief'). This is a female shrub with a very compact habit and very spiny and glossy dark green leaves, which produces bright red berries in autumn. This is a cross between I. cornuta 'Burfordii' and I. pernyi.


Grow in sun or shade, but deciduous plants and those with variegated foliage do best in sun or semi-shade. Hollies dislike being transplanted, but respond well to hard pruning and pollarding, which should be carried out in late spring. Watch out for the spines.

Interest and use

Grown as a hedging plants, in woodland gardens or as shrubs as a backdrop for other plants. Year round foliage interest.

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

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