SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Descanso Gardens - La Canada Flintridge, CA, Dallas Arboretum - Dallas, TX, LSU Hilltop Arboretum - Baton Rouge, LA and The National Arboretum - Washington, DC
Utility friendly tree.
Needs long, warm growing season to develop fruit. Some dwarf varieties require pollinator to produce berries.
Native to China and Korea.
Trees may be referred to as male or female.
Compact and Erect with a Low Canopy.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 10 - 20 feet.
Width: 10 - 20 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Rectangular, Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. White. Flowers in Spring. Has either male or female reproductive parts (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.
Prolific, Red Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall or Winter Wildlife use it.
Bark Dark Gray, Light Gray or Light Green, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 3 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 7 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Invasive Shot Hole Borer, Leaf Miner, Mealy Bugs and Scales, Armillaria and Sooty Mold.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Attracts Birds and Bees.
Not Deer Palatable.
Wildlife use Fruit.
Special Uses & Values
Hedged or Topiary.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Ilex cornuta Tree Record." 1995-2020. Sep 29, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/ilex-cornuta >