Needlepoint Chinese Holly

Ilex cornuta 'Needlepoint'

A dense, rounded, multi-stemmed, large shrub that can be trained as a small tree, valued for its lustrous, dark green foliage and abundance of ornamental red berries. The narrow leaves have a slight twist and spineless margins. Low maintenance and very tolerant of heat and drought. Works well as a screen, border, accent, or foundation plant. Evergreen.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly; less once established, more in extreme heat.

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Botanical PronunciationI-leks kor-NOO-tuh
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 10 to 15 ft. tall, 10 to 12 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeEarly spring, followed by ornamental berries in early fall.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBarrier, Border, Hedge, Privacy Screen, Windbreak, Accent, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Easy Care, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Tolerates Urban Pollution
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly; less once established, more in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsEuonymus (Euonymus); Barberry (Berberis); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Coneflower (Coneflower)

Very adaptable, tolerating a range of well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates drier soils and drought. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy appearance, prune annually to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9

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