Carissa Holly (Ilex cornuta ‘Carissa’)

Carissa Holly


What is Carissa Holly

The Carissa Holly features the holly’s signature glossy, green leaves, and a rounded growth that makes it perfect for low hedges.

You’ll love the Carissa Holly as a foundation or container plant, too. Its dark evergreen color works well as a background for flowering plants in your landscaping. An added benefit? It attracts birds and pollinators, while remaining unappealing to deer.

This shrub is perfect for adding color to compact spaces, with a mature height and width of four feet and a low canopy. It’s also slower-growing than other holly varieties. Even better? It’s low-maintenance, tolerant of drought and many different soil types. Just plant, water, fertilize once a year and prune as needed to maintain its shape.

Add this easy-growing, versatile evergreen to your landscape today!

We plant, grow and ship your Carissa Holly with care, making it a must-have for your yard. And since our trees ship with stronger, healthier root systems, it’s ready to grow as soon as at arrives at your door.

If you love the eye-catching elegance of the holly with a versatile size and shape, this is the evergreen for you.

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How to Grow and Care for Carissa Holly

Carissa Holly (Ilex cornuta ‘Carissa’) Growing Requirements

Hardiness zone 7-9 outdoors

Sun exposure

Plant your Holly in an area with full to partial sun – at least 4 hours of sunlight daily.


Fertilization isn’t required for your Holly, but you can apply an evergreen fertilizer in the spring as needed.


Plant your Carissa Holly in an area that receives full to partial sunlight (4 to 8 hours of sunlight per day). For a hedge or privacy screen, plant your Hollies about four feet apart.

When you’re ready to plant, dig a hole that’s about 2 to 3 times the width of the root ball (and just as deep), place your Carissa Holly and back fill the soil. Add organic material to your soil to lighten the texture and improve drainage. Finally, mulch the surrounding soil to preserve moisture and water once planting is complete.


Keep soil moist until your tree is established. Once Carissa Holly Trees are established, they’re drought tolerant and only need extra water during dry spells. Until then, we recommend watering once weekly, or checking the surrounding soil for dryness (use your finger to check the soil about 2 inches down).


Each year, in early spring, fertilize your Carissa Holly with a slow-release fertilizer for an acid-loving shrub (like our Holly-Tone Fertilizer).

Carissa Holly (Ilex cornuta ‘Carissa’) Details

Common name Carissa Holly
Botanical name Ilex cornuta 'Carissa'
Plant type Evergreen Trees
Hardiness zone 7-9 outdoors
Growth rate Medium
Height 3-4 ft.
Width 4-6 ft.