Carissa hollies – Resprouting

Q: My ‘Carissa’ hollies have suckers coming off the roots. They look like Chinese holly leaves. I have cut them back but they keep sprouting back…what would you do?

A: University of Georgia shrub expert Matthew Chappell says that ‘Carissa’ originated from Chinese holly, Ilex cornuta. Most experts believe it came from a “sport”: an attractive sprout that appeared serendipitously among the thorny leaves of a Chinese holly. The root sprouts on your ‘Carissa’ have reverted back to its parent holly. To stop them, clip the sprouts close to the base and spray with Sucker Stopper (

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