chinese holly - Knowledgebase Question

silver lake, Oh
Question by davekeenan
April 17, 2010
how big will the chinese holly get ? can i maintain it to approx. 6' ht? i want to replace 2 pyramidal yews at my front entry with the chinese holly what are your thoughts ?

Answer from NGA
April 17, 2010


Chinese holly typically grows to a height of about 15'. While it's not impossible to keep it half that size, the pruning required can take a toll on the shrub over the years. Instead, How about a holly that reaches 6' at maturity? Dwarf Burford Holly has all the characteristics of a Chinese holly except that the glossy dark green leaves are smaller, and growth rate is slower. The leaves, generally, have only one spine at the tip. Dwarf Burford will grow to a height of about six feet without heavy pruning.

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