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17.‘Emily Bruner’ Holly

Ilex cornuta ‘Burfordii’ x Ilex latifolia


Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
7 – 9
3/4 height
Broad, densely pyramidal to oval
Best in full to partial sun
Moist, well-drained soil
small, creamy-yellow
green berry-like drupes turning red in winter
Landscape use:
Good for barriers or as a specimen holly; not recommended for small spaces
Introduced by Mr. Don Shadow, Winchester, TN
Pests: scale; Problems: requires more nitrogen than other hollies due to heavy fruiting, leaf spots, cankers, die backs
Significant Features:
Beautiful red berry-like drupes in winter; prickly leaves


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