Holly, Chinese

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This tree is one of the 150 trees initially included in the arboretum to coincide with the campus's 150th anniversary celebration.

Scientific Name:
Ilex cornuta


Native to:
Eastern China and Korea

Mature Height and Width:
8-10 feet by 25 feet

Additional Notes:
Similar to its American cousin, but the Chinese holly’s dense crown consisting of shiny leathery leaves makes the crown appear more full, lending this species a particularly striking appearance.  However, its leaves tend to be more leathery, with sharper points and are therefore even more painful to step on with bare feet than the American holly.