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Ilex cornuta (Holly, Burford Dwarf)

Holly, Burford Dwarf

Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii Nana'

For almost any landscape need, there is a cultivar or hybrid of The Chinese Holly (Ilex Cornuta) to satisfy it. Hollies prefer acidic fertile moist and well drained soils, but they adapt to the adverse condtions, including poorly drained soils. Young stems are yellow-green, turning silver-gray as they mature.

The Chinese hollies are dioecious, with small yellow-white flowers in the late spring and early summer, somewhat noticeable. Later in the fall they will develop highly ornamental red drupe berries in clusters that normally persist into the winter providing food for birds. These hollies have alternate simple leaves that are elliptical and feel like plastic; they will have at least one spine, and possibly up to several along leave margins.  

‘Burfordii nana’ is a dwarf cultivar of the Burfordii, averaging only six feet in height, not often up to eight feet.  Makes an excellent medium border or hedge. The berry fruits in the fall aren’t as abundant either.  The leaves have a sharp spine on the tip, and roughly half the leaves will have two spines along the sides.  

Medium Hedge
Medium Border

Flower Color:




6-8 Feet



5-7 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 8b

Available Sizes:

Item Description
HOL-DBU-05 #005 HOLLY, DWARF BURFORD View Current Crop Photo
HOL-DBU-15 #015 HOLLY, DWARF BURFORD View Current Crop Photo

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
Full Sun to Part Shade
Water Needs
Toxic to Pets