Dwarf Burford Holly

Ilex cornuta ‘Dwarf Burford’

  • A bit less prickly than some other Holly choices
  • They prefer full sun in the morning, with some afternoon shade
  • Small enough to enjoy even if you have limited space
  • Plant some as a lovely hedge along your home

Dwarf Burford Holly will grow 4 to 6 feet in height with an equal spread. It has a compact, mounded habit and is very easy to care for. Unlike many other shrubs, you won’t need a pollenizer in order to enjoy the decorative advantages of the fall/winter fruit, but having one will certainly allow your Holly to bear heavier.

The Dwarf Burford Holly is great for low maintenance landscapes and adds a burst of rich green color all year around. The shrub features clusters of showy and fragrant white blooms in the springtime and large red berries during fall and winter. The berries can be an important food source for birds in late winter.

The Dwarf Burford plant has a slow growth rate that performs best in rich, well-drained, slightly acid soil, and does well in full sun to partial shade. Flowering and fruiting is reduced when planted in more shady locations. Dwarf Burford Holly is drought-tolerant and very low maintenance once established. Uses include foundation and hedge plantings.