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Holly Carissa

Scientific Name: Ilex crenata "carissa"
Best Planted In Zone: 7-9


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The Carissa Holly (Ilex cornuta "carissa") is a beautiful dwarf evergreen shrub known for its yellow-edged foliage and dense, tight growth habit. Carissa forms a very dense mounding shrub. In spring, there are showy clusters of fragrant white flowers followed in the fall by some bright red berries. At maturity it can reach a height between 4-5 feet with a spread of 5-6 feet. It is low maintenance and when spaced properly will never require pruning. Plant in sunny to partial shade with well-drained, moist to somewhat dry soil. Once it is established, it is drought and cold tolerant. USDA ZONES: Zone 6b, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9.
Most PlantMeGreen trees can be shipped and planted any time of year, unless the variety is specified as only seasonal delivery. Packages are typically shipped within 7-10 days from the time of your order. You will receive a tracking email upon confirmation of your PlantMeGreen purchase. On some occasions, severe weather and other unusual issues can delay shipping and delivery of your PlantMeGreen package. Delivery time cannot be guaranteed, if a package needs to arrive prior to a specific date, or at a more convenient time for you, please notate that upon placement of your order.
First, decide on a planting location. Consider carefully what kind of sun, soil, and growing-space your tree or shrub will need. Once you've located the perfect spot, the hole you are digging must be at least double the width and as deep as the root system you are planting. The top of the root system should be level with the ground. Before placing the tree or shrub in the hole, use your hands to gently break up the root system. Once the tree is in place, backfill the hole with native soil and any leftover potting material. Pack down the soil to eliminate any air pockets. When finished, water thoroughly. To insure your plants a successful growth rate and productive life, plant your seedlings per the instructions included in your PlantMeGreen package.
Carissa Holly shrubs are extremely vibrant, dense, durable and maintenance free--almost indestructable! Grows well in most clay soils, loamy soils and even tolerates a variety of pH levels. This plant should thrive as long as it gets sun and water. Remember: Carissas need 4 to 6 feet of room to spread, and as long as you provide spacing they never need any pruning. Follow the PlantMeGreen planting guide and your experience should be a good one!

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