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Zones 7-9

Carissa Holly

Ilex cornuta ‘Carissa’

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Carissa Holly

Ilex cornuta ‘Carissa’

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Botanical Name

Ilex cornuta ‘Carissa’

Outdoor Growing zone

7-9

Mature Height

3-4

Mature Width

3-5

Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun

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AK, CA, HI, PR

The Carissa Holly is the perfect choice if you want a smaller, rounded evergreen that stays neat and compact without needing clipping. All year it will be tidy, with dense branches right to the ground, and unlike most other holly bushes, it doesn’t have big sharp spines, so it is easy to handle and work around. It grows well in the heat and dryness of zones 7 to 9, and even grows in zone 6 with minimal winter damage. As part of the foundation planting around your home, especially around windows, in the garden as specimens, or as a low hedge, you can’t grow wrong with this low-maintenance bush.

  • Neat, compact evergreen bush
  • Glossy, rich green leaves without large spines
  • Stays tidy with no clipping needed
  • Easily grown in sun or partial shade
  • Resists drought, heat and grows in all soils

Your Clarissa Holly bushes will do best in full sun or partial shade, but even in deeper shade they will remain attractive, but with slightly more open branching. They will grow in almost any kind of soil, except for soils that are constantly saturated with water. Once established this bush is drought resistant, and it is generally resistant to pests and diseases. It will also tolerate some salt spray, and it can be clipped once a year to keep it even more compact and neat, if you wish.

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