The Q&A Archives: Privacy shrub - needlepoint holly

Question: I was told by a local landscaper that the ideal shrub that will grow to a minimum height of 8' and no more than 12' is the needlepoint holly. Do you agree. I live in a zone 7/8 and am looking for a non-flower, non-deciduous shrub as a privacy fence. Any other suggestions? I do not want flowers, I do not want a decidous shrub, low-maintenance, and a shrub that will not grow more than 15 feet high. I was told the needlepoint shrub is ideal. thanks in advance!

Answer: The Needlepoint Holly has a broad growth habit reaching 10 feet tall and 12 feet wide. Ilex cornuta 'Needlepoint' is very similar in looks to the Dwarf Burford Holly only it has a more upright growth habit and it is slightly taller when fully mature. It too has glossy dark green leaves with a small point on end. Produces masses of dark red berries. It is hardy to zone 6, which makes this plant almost ideal for your requirements. I cannot think of a better plant. Best wishes with your landscape!

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