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Ilex cornuta

Chinese holly

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Features

  • Height4m to 8m
  • Spread4m to 8m
  • Growth HabitBushy round
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Ilex cornuta (Chinese holly). This species is grown for its rounded, compact and bushy growth habit and deep green foliage. It will produce a crop of brilliant red berries. Grow in a rich acidic and well drained soil. The leaves are normally spiny and dark green. This tree will tolerate sun or shaded, but will perform better in the sun. Give it ample water and it's better to provide a mulch. They can be attacked by two kinds of leaf miners which can cause blotches on the leaves. The leaves are normally spiny and dark green.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Shrub or Tree

Other common names

Horned holly, Holly

Origin

Southern Europe and Northern Africa

Interest and use

Container, ornamental, fruit

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Well drained, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

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.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds in the spring or by semi-ripe cuttings from late summer to early winter.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for holly aphid and holly leaf miner.

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