Carissa Holly

Carissa Holly

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Compact Holly With Evergreen Foliage & Red Fruit

If you live in a warmer climate and struggle to keep your plants alive in the summer heat, the Carissa Holly shrub will be a breath of fresh air! This cultivar of holly is exceptionally drought-tolerant and heat tolerant and will thrive even on the hottest days.

A favorite compact, dense holly shrub with glossy dark evergreen leaves that feature one terminal spine at the tip. The moderately showy clusters of fragrant white flowers that appear in early spring are followed by produced berries in fall and winter. As with many holly varieties, these berries are an excellent food source for wildlife including birds and squirrels.

Ilex cornuta Carissa holly bush is a great option for a low hedge, in containers, or in mass plantings, and provides a rich green background for flowering plants. The Carissa Chinese Holly won’t disappoint and is well-established in the landscape!

Carissa Holly Care & Maintenance

This evergreen shrub grows up to 3-4 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide making it perfect for foundational plantings. The Carissa Holly growth rate is slow up to 3-5 inches per year.

It can be grown in the southern United States in USDA plant hardiness zones 7-9. Plant in full sun to partial shade and in well-drained, slightly acidic soils.

Be sure to water thoroughly the first year of planting to establish a strong root system and to keep the dark green foliage thriving. Irrigation once established may be a good idea if you live in an area with warmer temperatures and little rainfall.

It is relatively free of pests and diseases, but a slow release fertilizer at the top of the root ball will help give it that boost it needs in early spring. This will help maintain good leaf color and adequate growth.

The lush green foliage of the holly ilex cornuta carissa is a favorite of ours for the bright red berries and glossy green leaves. You can even prune this shrub into a Carissa tree.

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Botanical Name
Ilex cornuta 'Carissa'

Full Sun / Partial Shade

Flower Color

Foliage Color
Dark green

Mature Width
4-6 ft

Mature Height
3-4 ft

Growing Zones 7, 8, 9

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Carissa Holly Shurb

I received the Carissa Holly in perfect condition. I purchased four of them several weeks ago and when delivered, they were packed well. They looked very healthy and had nice green leaves. I followed the directions provided on planting and watering and to date, they are doing well. I am very happy with my purchase and highly recommend Perfect Plant Nursery.


Perfect Plants Nursery

Hi there, Thank you so much for the kind and sincere words on our Carissa Holly. We appreciate customers who take time out of their day to leave us and future customers an honest review on our plants. We strive for 100% customer satisfaction. Best, Shirley

Cara C.

My carissa holly shipped in excellent condition and is growing nicely in the border of my garden! Thank you


Perfect Plants Nursery

Hi Cara! We're happy to hear how well your Carissa Holly delivery went. Enjoy it in your garden. Take care!


Staff was extremely helpful and patient. Can't wait to receive plants.


Perfect Plants Nursery

Kairii, we are always happy to provide the best experience possible and glad it shows. Hope you're enjoying your Carissa Holly!

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