Morrison, Tennessee 931-668-9898


Emily Bruner Holly

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Price per Plant$22.50$8.00$6.50$5.00

203 in stock

Ilex x ‘Emily Bruner’

First introduced by Don Shadow of Shadow Nursery in Winchester, TN during his time at the University of Tennessee, the namesake and discoverer of the tree was Emily Bruner – a famed Knoxville horticulturalist and writer. The holly was the result of cross pollination between a Burford Holly (Ilex cornuta ‘Burfordii’) and a Lusterleaf Holly (Ilex latifolia) in Emily’s garden. The Emily Bruner holly has quickly become one of the most popular holly cultivars in Tennessee landscapes. The evergreen holly thrives in full sun and is tolerant of most soils. All hollies are dioecious – meaning that male and female flowers are borne on separate plants. The Emily Bruner is a female holly and requires the presence of a male pollenizer for berry production. For many, the male pollenizer of choice is the companion cultivar James Swan holly (also discovered by Emily Bruner and introduced by Don Shadow); however, almost any male that flowers in the springtime will do. In addition to its tight clusters of berries positioned around the branches, the Emily Bruner holly has showy yellow flowers and lustrous leaves. The tree excels as both a living fence and a specimen plant. Planting instruction can be found at


Diseases & Insects

Problem Free




Flowers are staminate in 3 to 9 flowered cymes; pistillate solitary; dull white to yellow with a single green nodule (ovary and future berry) at the center; flowers have 4 non-functional stamens; berry-like, dull red rounded drupe, fruit is borne singly on .25" long stalks, maturing in October and persisting into winter; fruit display can be spectacular on good selections with a strong pollinator

Growth Rate

Hardiness Range

zone 7a – 9b *need help finding your hardiness zone?


Leaves are typically 3 to 5 inches in length with 10 to 15 spines on each side; glossy dark green in appearance

Plant Type

Primary Features

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dioecious (Female)


20-30 feet tall at maturity with 15-20 foot spread

Sun Requirement


What am I buying?

We sell Emily Bruner Hollies as rooted cuttings. Taken from Wikipedia, “a plant cutting is a piece of a plant that is used in horticulture for vegetative (asexual) propagation. A piece of the stem or root of the source plant is placed in a suitable medium such as moist soil. If the conditions are suitable, the plant piece will begin to grow as a new plant independent of the parent, a process known as striking.” Put more simply, a rooted cutting is a small clone of the specimen from which it was taken. As a genetically identical clone, the cutting shares all the characteristic traits and attributes of the cultivated variety. Our rooted cuttings are 3-6 months old and 2-8 inches in stem length above the soil line. They are clipped from our private stock plants and grown in root pruning trays at our temperature controlled greenhouse.

When are plants collected?

Once your order is placed, your plants will be collected as soon as the weather permits. This time-frame is normally within 3-7 days. During heavy order periods (April-May), this collection time can grow to 10-14 days.

How are plants shipped?

All shipments are mailed via USPS Priority Mail using We monitor national weather conditions and temperatures for shipments. If at any time your order must be delayed for weather concerns, we will contact you by phone and/or email. The day that your order is completed or partially shipped, you will receive an email containing your package tracking number. You can also find this updated information by logging into your account on our website.

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