Evergreen shrub to 3 m or so tall. Leaves more or less rectangular, 5-8 cm long, 3-4 cm wide, spines mostly 5-9 on older shoots. Flower parts 4; late spring. Fruits 0.8-1 cm wide, red or occasionally yellow.
Allegedly the best holly for Christmas berries in Australia as they are larger (but fewer) and borne in summer. Grows well in warmer coastal districts.
VIC: Melbourne (Caulfield Park). NSW: Sydney (Centennial Park).
Source: (2002). Aquifoliaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.
Habit spreading. Fruits red. Originated as a seedling in the McIlhenny Nsy, Avery Island, Louisiana, USA, pre-1930.