Ilex cornuta 'O'Spring'

O’Spring Chinese Holly




Family: Aquifoliaceae

Genus: Ilex

Parent: Ilex cornuta

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 7 to 9

Size: To 10' tall and 5' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Prefers afternoon shade for best color. Leaves the same shape as the species, spiny, but with cream to yellow gold margins. Irregular habit. Female. New growth may have a purple tinge.


Named for Otto spring, of Otto Spring Nursery and Greenhouse, Okmulgee, Oaklahoma. Sport of Ilex cornuta 'Rotunda'.

Other Cultivars: 

My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant at Nurseries Caroliniana in April 2012 and potted it up, planting it in the One Of Everything garden in July 2012.

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