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Dwarf Burford Holly (Ilex cornuta 'Dwarf Burfordii')

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$17.99
  • Glossy deep dark green foliage with a single spine at the tip
  • Matures to 6-8' wide by 8-10' tall
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 7 - 9
  • Plant in full sun to part shade
Pot size

Description

The Dwarf Burford Holly (Burfordii Nana) is a classic woody ornamental shrub selection for landscapers and gardeners alike. This shrub has attractive glossy deep dark green foliage with a single spine at the tip.

In the fall this ilex produces eye-catching red berries that last from until winter and attract birds to your landscape. In spring, the Dwarf Burford Holly will produce clusters of tiny white fragrant flowers. The compact and dense habit of the Dwarf Burford Holly is perfect to create hedges, mid-sized screens, under windows, and evergreen structural elements in the landscape. It can also be lightly trimmed during the holidays to provide evergreen accents to centerpieces or wreaths.

The Burford Holly will grow best in USDA Zones 7-9 in a location that will receive full sun to part shade, and with soil that is well-drained. Water new plantings 2-3 times per week until established, and then as needed. Also, use a slow-release fertilizer formulated for hollies in spring to keep your new plant healthy and happy.

Average Shipping Sizes of Dwarf Burford Holly plants:

2.5 Qt - 5-7 inches wide X 6-9 inches tall

#3 - 10-15 inches wide X 12-18 inches tall

Planting tips for Acid Loving Plants

Care & Use

Getting Started: Understanding Your New Plant

Review your plant's information on our website or the tag that comes with it. Be mindful of sunlight preferences, soil type, and spacing needs.

Our plants are adaptable but grow best in the correct USDA Zones. Click here to learn more about your USDA Zone.

Planting Instructions

Dig a Hole

First, dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for the root system to spread out quickly. Dig the hole deep enough that your plant will sit level with or slightly above the ground around it.

Amend Your Soil

Mix your native soil with rich gardening soil to provide extra nutrients and support plant growth. If your soil is clay-heavy, we recommend mixing your native clay soil with equal parts of Pine Bark mulch to improve drainage and the overall breathability of your soil.

Place Your Plant

Examine the roots. If they appear tightly bound, gently coax them apart; this ensures they can spread into the new soil. Place your plant in the hole so the top of the rootball is even with the surrounding soil—Backfill around it with the amended soil mixture. The roots need access to oxygen for your plant to thrive, so do not cover the rootball; place soil around it.

Mulch Your Plants

Top the soil beneath your plant with 3-4 inches of mulch to help it retain moisture. Be careful not to cover the rootball - your new plants roots need access to oxygen.

Water Your Plant

Soak the plant with a hose afterward to hydrate the plant, as well as get the soil and mulch situated. Develop a regular watering schedule based on your plant's needs and local weather patterns. Remember, over watering is just as, if not more, harmful than under watering.

Spacing Recommendations

How to Space Your Dwarf Burford Holly

Space your Dwarf Burford Holly 3-4 feet apart for a seamless mid-size hedge. Topping out at 3-6 feet tall, this holly will not be a true privacy hedge at its most mature; you'll want to keep it pruned back to 3-6 feet tall to maintain its density from top to bottom. Use these mid-sized hedges to provide structure to a formal landscape or a hedge
at the edge of your property.

This plant has the potential to reach 4-6 feet wide if left untrimmed, but its habit will mound as it reaches its fully mature width. Therefore, plant them 8+ feet apart for space between unpruned shrubs to create lovely, tall, mounded shrub specimens in your landscape.

  • Scientific Name
    Ilex cornuta 'Burfordi Nana'
  • Hardiness Zone
    7, 8, 9
  • Sun Exposure
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Evergreen or Deciduous
    Evergreen
  • Features
    Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant
  • Feature Color
    Green, Red
  • Uses
    Foundation Planting, Hedge, Specimen
  • Water Needs
    Medium
  • Bloom Season
    Spring

Growing Zones : 7, 8, and 9

Map of USDA Zones 7-9

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Dwarf Burford Holly (Ilex cornuta 'Dwarf Burfordii')

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The Dwarf Burford Holly (Burfordii Nana) is a classic woody ornamental shrub selection for landscapers and gardeners alike. This shrub has attractive glossy deep dark green foliage with a single spine at the tip.

In the fall this ilex produces eye-catching red berries that last from until winter and attract birds to your landscape. In spring, the Dwarf Burford Holly will produce clusters of tiny white fragrant flowers. The compact and dense habit of the Dwarf Burford Holly is perfect to create hedges, mid-sized screens, under windows, and evergreen structural elements in the landscape. It can also be lightly trimmed during the holidays to provide evergreen accents to centerpieces or wreaths.

The Burford Holly will grow best in USDA Zones 7-9 in a location that will receive full sun to part shade, and with soil that is well-drained. Water new plantings 2-3 times per week until established, and then as needed. Also, use a slow-release fertilizer formulated for hollies in spring to keep your new plant healthy and happy.

Average Shipping Sizes of Dwarf Burford Holly plants:

2.5 Qt - 5-7 inches wide X 6-9 inches tall

#3 - 10-15 inches wide X 12-18 inches tall

Planting tips for Acid Loving Plants

Pot size

  • 2.5 Quart
  • 2.4 Gallon
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