Ilex cornuta Lindl. & Paxt.

Chinese Holly

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.

China, Korea.

VIC: Melbourne (Caulfield Park). NSW: Sydney (Centennial Park).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Aquifoliaceae. In: Spencer, R.. 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.

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Ilex cornuta 'Rotunda'

Habit spreading. Fruits red. Originated as a seedling in the McIlhenny Nsy, Avery Island, Louisiana, USA, pre-1930.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Aquifoliales
family       Aquifoliaceae
genus        Ilex L.