Botanical Name: Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii'
Common Name: Burford Holly  
Plant photo of: Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii'
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Water Saving Tip:

Change spray sprinklers to low-flow bubbler or drip systems. Shrubs and trees are ideal candidates for this type of irrigation because the water is applied directly to the root zones.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Shrub


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Winter, Intermittent


Full, Half



Medium, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Loam, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Meadow, Mediterranean, Seascape, Woodland


Accenting Features

Espalier, Fragrance, Specimen, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Container, Filler, Hedge, Screen, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme
Photographer: Steve Mullany/Brad Smith
  • Description

  • Notes

Burford Holly reaches 10'-15' tall and 10' wide. This evergreen shrub has an upright form with glossy, dark green, prickly pointed leaves. Bright red berries are seen in winter and may last for months, attracting birds. This fruit can occur without pollination. It makes a great privacy hedge. It tolerates ocean spray. Small white flowers appear in spring. It prefers full to part sun, with medium amount of watering and more in hot summer areas.
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