Carissa Holly

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Small Evergreen Shrub Perfect for Borders or Short Hedge

Carissa Holly, also spelled sometimes as Carrisa Holly, is super easy to grow.  It is a compact, rounded shrub.  At a mature height of just 2 to 3 feet It rarely needs any pruning.   Spring blooms have a great fragrance but Carissa Holly does not provide nearly as many of the red winter berries as other holly shrubs.

Carissa Holly is a perfect choice for a low maintenance small hedge, as a border along a walkway or driveway. It can also be used a specimen in almost any smaller space. They also do well in containers.

Botanical Name Ilex cornuta ‘Carissa’
Mature Height 2 – 3 feet
Mature Spread 3 – 4 feet
Soil Type Well Drained
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Medium

Grow Zones

USDA Hardiness Zones 6 to 9

Frequently Asked Questions

How big do Carissa hollies grow?

Carissa grow to about 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide.

How and when should you prune Carissa holly.

Carissa rarely need pruning. If you just want some minor pruning to keep it's shape, prune in late winter, before new growth emerges. A slow release fertilizer at the top of the root ball will help in early spring.