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Perfect Foundation Plant for Under Your Windows

Talk about a plant with a surprise! The beautiful 'Carissa' Holly (Ilex cornuta 'Carissa'), looks like a soft, perfectly shaped green pincushion from a distance.

Up close, though, this little girl has a big bite. Each of the evergreen leaves has a single sharp spine at the tip, making it a perfect extra layer of protection. It only takes one touch to warn someone to ‘Keep Away’.

Very well mannered – except for that part about the really sharp spines – Carissa stays low and nicely rounded without any trimming. A true dwarf of the holly species, this plant makes a fine border or mass foundation planting.

Carissa Holly stays deep, glossy green all year and makes a lush backdrop for flowering annuals. It doesn’t give the significant berry show of other hollies, but makes up for that with its easy-going habits.

Once established it doesn’t need to be treated special and can handle drought and wind without missing a beat. It’s often used on commercial landscape jobs in mass planting in traffic islands and parking lot beds because of this ‘tough-as-nails’ reputation.

'Carissa' Holly grows best in rich, well-drained, slightly acid soil, and does well in full sun or part shade. The plant is very drought tolerant, requiring little, if any, irrigation once established in the landscape. Fertilize once or twice to maintain good leaf color and adequate growth.

If you want a plant that gives you peace of mind and is beautiful and easy to maintain as well, then Carissa Holly is for you. Nature Hills ships only the healthiest plants, so order yours here today.

* Beautiful evergreen
* Sharp protective spines for safety
* Super easy maintenance

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Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Carissa Holly Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Ilex cornuta 'Carissa'
Foliage Green
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Soil Type Well Drained
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Fall Color Evergreen