Ilex cornuta
Chinese holly

Aquifoliaceae (holly family)
China, Korea
Ilex cornuta fruit and leaves, Hoover Tower. John Rawlings, Jan 2005
Ilex cornuta flowers and leaves, Hoover Tower. John Rawlings, Jan 2005

Shrub, seen on campus in the low-growing form ‘Dwarf Burford’, the species can reach 10 feet or more in heigth and an equal width, with either a dense or open growth. Evergreen leaves are simple, alternate, glossy, leather-like and vary in marginal spininess. Long-lasting bright, red berries.

There are significant plantings at Lomita Mall near the main entrance to the Quad, McCullough Building, and Memorial Auditorium. Once familiar with the plant, one will notice other locations.

About this Entry: John Rawlings authored the text ca. 2005.