Japanese holly

Ilex crenata

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Japanese holly (Ilex crenata)
EYE-leks kren-AY-tah
Genus:  Ilex
This dense, evergreen holly reaches 6 to 10 feet tall and at least as wide. The species is rarely used in landscapes, but there are many cultivars available with more interesting shape and color. This plant grows slowly, but can be invasive. Its dark green leaves are lustrous and the black fruit is hidden beneath them, so it is not obvious as in other hollies. Use Japanese holly in foundation plantings, hedges, beds and borders, or formal gardens.
Care:  Provide full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil in a sheltered location. Prefers slightly acidic soil.   
Propagation:  From cuttings.
Problems:  Foliar burn, spider mites, chlorosis, Thielaviopsis blight.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Invasive/Aggressive Grower,
Slow Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
White
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Hedge
Style
Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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