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Ilex crenata

Japanese holly

Slow growing holly perfect for a low clipped hedge

A slow growing, small-leaved Japanese holly that makes an excellent clipped hedge. The greenish-white flowers are produced in late spring followed by small, glossy black fruits.


Compact and hardy, this holly prefers a sunny position but takes light shade as well.


Grows best in a moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Trim to shape as necessary, but avoid cutting into older wood if possible. Grows well in containers.

This holly has its origins in eastern Russia, the Korean peninsula as well as Japan

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Hedging, Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering May - June
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 300 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 300 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 150 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Patio container, Garden edging, City garden

Typically available

From March to September