Dwarf Burford Holly

Product Description

The Dwarf Burford Holly bush is a handsome shrub 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 hollies. adds a burst of rich, deep green color all year around with its emerald green new growth and dark green leaves.

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

Burford Holly Bush Care

The Dwarf Buford plant has a slow growth rate that performs best in rich, well-drained, slightly acid soil, and does well in full sun to partial shade. Flowering and red fruit production is reduced when planted in more shady locations.

Dwarf Holly bushes are drought-tolerant and very low maintenance once established. Uses include foundation plants and hedge plantings. This evergreen shrub stays small and dense, growing up to 8 feet tall and 5 feet wide. All purpose slow release fertilizer will help it grow in early spring.

Planting holly is easy and should be done in early spring so it has the whole growing season to establish. Prune holly in late winter or early spring to maintain desired size and shape.

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

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

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Botanical Name

Ilex cornuta 'burfordii nana'

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 5-8 ft
Mature Width 5-8 ft
Growing Zones 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Glossy evergreen foliage
  • Showy red berries
  • White flowers
  • Drought tolerant

Shipping Info

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.

upside down test

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.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

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

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing 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!

Pot Sizes

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.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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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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  1. Krissa

    Arrived in perfect condition with lots of care and planting instructions. Can’t wait to see this thrive!

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  2. Mickey Jackson (store manager)

    Dwarf burford holly is a plant my mom grew as a kid around our fence line. Can’t wait to remember mom every year when I see the berries bloom.

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  3. Darell (verified owner)

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

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Darell, we are so glad you are pleased with your new dwarf burford holly! Thanks for the nice review

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