Ilex buergeri Miq.

Buergeri Holly

Leaves and buds

Leaves and buds

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Family: Aquifoliaceae

Genus: Ilex

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: ?7 to 8 (based on my location and Nur. Car.)

Size: 20' tall, 6 to 7' wide

Exposure: Sun

Description: 

Galle (Hollies: The Genus Ilex) describes it as a large tree to 50' tall.

Flora of China lists it as 7 to 15m tall (22 to 49'), flowering in April to June and fruiting in October to November. Found at the edges of evergreen broad-leaved forests and stream banks in China and Japan.

Ted Stephens at Nurseries Caroliniana reports that there is a tree at Woodlanders in Aiken, SC which is over 20' tall and 6 to 7' wide. He believes that other Holly species can pollinate this plant because he had berries on his females before the male plants had reached flowering age.

History: 

Native to China and Japan.

First published in 1866 in Verslagen Meded. Afd. Natuurk. Kon. Akad. Wetensch. ser. 2 2: 84.

Named in honor of Heinrich Burger.

Introduced to the US in 1960 (Galle).

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My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant at Nurseries Caroliniana in September 2010 and planted it near the conservatory. Not much has happened as of December 2010. I bought it for its narrow growth habit. Flushed out well in spring 2012. I then saw a mature specimen at Aquinas High School in Augusta, GA - beautiful but much wider than 7'. In early April 2013 I moved it to the Berm On the Border.


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