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Ilex cornuta (Holly, Needle Leaf)

Holly, Needle Leaf

Ilex cornuta 'Needlepoint'


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-white, turning silver-gray as they mature.

The Chinese hollies are dioecious, with small white-green 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.  

‘Needlepoint’ differs from other Chinese hollies with the slightly narrow leaves, that are somewhat twisted often with a single spine at the tip – it is  not uncommon for a single spine on both sides .  The upright growth habit allows it to be a medium to medium-large hedge; coupled with the ability to produce more berries make it an ideal landscape addition. 

Medium to Large Hedge
Winter Color

Flower Color:




8-10 Feet



6-8 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 8b

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
Full Sun to Part Shade
Water Needs