Ilex buergeri Miq.

Buergeri Holly

Leaves and buds

Leaves and buds


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


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.


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).


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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