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Schillings Dwarf Holly

Fact sheet: Schilling’s Dwarf Holly

The symmetrical, dense, rounded form of Schilling’s dwarf holly requires infrequent pruning to maintain its 4- to 6-foot height and spread (Fig. 1). Ideally suited as a low-growing foundation plant, Schilling’s dwarf holly works well as a tall groundcover because it forms a low, dense cover of green foliage when planted in mass. It is often sheared into low hedges in formal gardens, similar to the boxwoods in the early American gardens. The small, dark green leaves have a reddish cast when they are young and no spines. This cultivar of a male plant will produce no berries.

Scientific name: Ilex vomitoria ‘Schilling’s Dwarf’

Pronunciation: EYE-lecks vom-mit-TOR-ee-uh

Common name(s): Schillings dwarf holly

Fact sheet: Schilling’s Dwarf Holly

Planted in Nassau County Extension Demonstration Garden

Sold at Nassau County Master Gardener Plant Sale