Dwarf Burford Holly

Dwarf Burford Holly

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  • Glossy evergreen foliage

  • Showy red berries

  • White flowers

  • Drought tolerant

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Evergreen Foliage & Bright Red Berries Are Major Focal Points in the Landscape!

The Dwarf Burford Holly shrub is a handsome bush that is perfect for adding a distinguished feel to any landscape, and its attractive shape and dense growth habit make it not only a lush addition to your yard but an easy one to care for!

The Dwarf Burford Holly ilex cornuta is great for low maintenance landscapes and it is one of the most popular holly bush varieties. This dwarf holly variety adds a burst of rich, deep green color all year round with its emerald green new growth and dark green leaves with a single sharp spine at the terminal end.

This dwarf Chinese holly tree features clusters of showy and fragrant white flower blooms in the springtime and early summer growing seasons, and large red holly bush berries during fall and winter. It is not a deciduous holly, meaning it does not lose its evergreen leaves over winter.

The Burford holly tree’s bright red berries can be an important food source for birds in late winter. Generally, female plants of holly require a male plant to cross pollinate and produce holly berries, but the Dwarf Burfordi holly does not. This is because Burford holly has both male and female flowers on each plant to produce berries.


The Dwarf Buford plant has a slow growth rate that performs best in rich, slightly acid soil, and does well in full sun to partial shade. Flowering and red fruit production are reduced when planted in more shady locations. Grows best across the United States in USDA hardiness zones 7-9. Well draining soil conditions are preferred to prevent root rot on the holly dwarf bush.

Dwarf Holly bushes are drought-tolerant and very low maintenance once established. Small holly shrub usage includes foundation plants and evergreen hedge plantings, or plant in a container as a specimen plant or small tree. This evergreen shrub stays small and dense, growing up to 8 feet tall and 5 feet wide at full maturity. If you are trying to plant a dwarf Burford holly hedge, we recommend spacing these plants about 3 feet apart.

Planting holly is easy and should be done in early spring so it has the whole growing season to establish. Loosen some of the tangled roots from the root ball if there are any to encourage growth sooner. Prune holly in late winter or early spring to maintain the desired shape and size. All-purpose slow release fertilizer will help the dwarf holly shrub grow in early spring.

A regular water schedule is essential in the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. These types of holly plants will grow and thrive with ample water. Burford holly shrub is resistant to pests and diseases making it a great choice for any landscape! It is even deer resistant.

The glossy green foliage is sure to light up your garden as with all evergreen hollies.

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Once your Dwarf Burford Holly order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

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Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

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Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

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The Burford holly prefers full sun or partial shade. Especially in the hotter climates, afternoon shade is appreciated. Soil should be well-drained and ideally slightly acidic. They are reasonably drought tolerant when mature, but should be watered regularly until established.

Dead or broken branches should be removed at the base. Otherwise, pruning or shearing is by preference to maintain as a hedge. When planting a hedgerow, Ilex Buford holly should be planted approximately 2.5 feet apart and 2 feet from any structures.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Burford holly, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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Botanical Name
Ilex cornuta 'burfordii nana'

Full Sun / Partial Shade

Foliage Color

Flower Color

Mature Width
5-8 ft

Mature Height
5-8 ft

Growing Zones7, 8, 9

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Beautiful and healthy plants. I love buying from Perfect Plants. Unique beautiful varieties.


My hollies arrived in perfect condition. They are beautiful and are doing well in my garden. I couldn't be happier.

Ursula M.

The bush arrived so riot bound I wasn’t able to loosen the root ball. I pulled as many outward as I could and am hoping it survives. The branches at the bottom had black mold on it. Hopefully the sun will burn it off. Customer service was okay but since I had already gotten it in the ground I couldn’t snap a photo of the root ball, my error. I sent a picture of the lower branches and was told it looked normal. Guess it doesn’t pass on the mold too well with my iPhone 11 Pro camera. Any gardener worth their salt knows that you won’t know if the plant will live with it so root bound until the following year. I gave it two stars because right now the leaves are healthy. Will not buy from these folks again.

Bennett M.

Two holly plants doing very well! Took a little while to get started ,but are thriving now.


Plant arrived well packaged and protected and in good shape. It is doing well.

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