Ilex cornuta 'Burfordi' Dwarf form
A very nice small to medium sized holly with very shiny, deep green foliage. Has leaves with one terminal spine at the very tip. One of the easiest of all hollies to keep. Produces large numbers of nice, bright red berries every year. Can be pruned or sheared to maintain most any shape desired. Dwarf Burfordi Holly is a self-pollinating holly - there are no male / female clones to worry about. Can be used for everything from a single specimen planting to use as a hedge.
Plant Facts & Specifications
Moderate ( 4"-8" avg per yr )
5-9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below - or check out our Hardiness Zone Map & Information Page )
Full to partial sun - will do well in semi shaded locations also
Average to moist & fertile - well drained
--Foliage Color & Texture:
Evergreen broadleaf - very glossy, dark green foliage with one long, terminal spine at the very tip. Texture is rather rigid, with leaves being quite thick & stiff.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts:
Berries - Excellent producer of bright red berries in winter. Berries begin forming in mid to late spring as green in color, and then begin to ripen ( turn red ) in fall. This variety is a self pollinating Holly - no male / female clones required.
--Diseases / Insects:
Several minor problems have been observed on Dwf Burfordi Holly - but none that occur often, or on a regular basis. Problems noted include: Scale infestation, cankers, root rot, leaf spot, nematodes, spittlebugs, and holly looper.
3 ft apart recommended for hedge / row type plantings
--Deer Resistance Rating: Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
--Fertilization / Feeding:
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend POOPeas for use with all of evergreen species. However, either water soluble (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular fertilizers ( Holly Tone is excellent ) are also good options. Most any granular fertilizers with a 6-12-12, or 10-10-10 ratio are also acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. POOPeas may be used at anytime.
Additional Features & Characteristics:
--Occasional Trimming Recommended:
Dwarf Burfordi Holly responds very well to trimming, and can be maintained in a wide variety of shapes & sizes through occasional trimming ( usually once or twice a year ).
--Container Gardening Choice:
This variety is well suited for use in container / patio gardening due to its ability to be kept at small size, and it's non aggressive root system.
--Handle With Care:
Has extremely sharp, pointy, or prickly foliage - can be difficult to handle