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Carissa Chinese Holly
If you're looking for a handsome, super-hardy, long-lived, absolutely no-maintenance evergreen shrub for a home foundation planting or hedge, Carissa Holly is a sure bet and perfect choice! More details below...

Carissa Chinese Holly

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Carissa Holly
Ilex cornuta  'Carissa'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Holly is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

If you're looking for a handsome, super-hardy, long-lived, absolutely no-maintenance evergreen shrub for a home foundation planting or hedge, Carissa Holly is a sure bet and perfect choice! We've seen this hardy shrub sail through -10 F temperatures and the longest summer droughts with little to no damage. Carissa Holly forms a very dense mounding shrub that really never requires pruning. Though most people consider it to be a sun-loving shrub we've found it will also do quite well in shadier sites that receive filtered sun or half a days shade.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 3 to 4 feet tall and 4 to 5 wide (depending on pruning), the Carissa Holly is ideal for use as a specimen, in groupings, or as a natural or formal hedge in landscape borders and home foundation plantings. Also suitable for growing in medium to large pots, planters and containers of 14 inches or more in diameter.

Spacing Recommendations:  3' for solid hedge; 7'+ for space between plants 



Cultural Preferences

Not picky about soil type, Carissa Holly is exceptionally easy to grow in most any moist but well-drained soil and of average fertility and full sun or part shade. When provided room to grow, Carissa Holly will require little if any pruning, however can be pruned to form semi-formal to formal hedges.



Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Chinese hollies.

How To Plant And Care For Chinese Hollies >




Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  3-4'
Width at Maturity:  4-5'
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Mounding
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  None
Flower Size:  NA
Flowering Period:  NA
Flower Type:  NA
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, All Day Filtered Sun, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist to Somewhat Dry
Soil pH:  5.0 - 7.0
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat



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