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Ilex crenata

Japanese holly

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  • Ilex crenata | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
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Features

  • BloomsMarch
  • Height1m to 4m
  • Spread1m to 2m
  • Growth HabitBushy oval
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourGlossy dark green with a very narrow margin of cream

Description

Ilex crenata (Japanese holly). This is a dense and compact evergreen shrub. It will produce glossy leaves and small black berries. They will grow up to 4m tall, They are commonly grown as hedging plants.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Shrub or Tree

Other common names

Box-leaved holly, Holly

Origin

Japan

Interest and use

Specimen, ornamental, foliage, hedging

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilClay, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH5.0 to 6.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Grow in sun or shade, but deciduous plants and those with variegated foliage do best in sun or semi-shade. Hollies dislike being transplanted, but respond well to hard pruning and pollarding, which should be carried out in late spring. Watch out for the spines.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds in the spring or by semi-ripe cuttings from late summer to early winter.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Holly leaf miner and holly aphid may cause problems.

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