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Japanese Holly

Ilex crenata 'Compacta'

Possibly one of the easiest hedges to grow, Japanese Holly shrubs make for perfect foundation shrubs or hedges depending on your garden's needs.

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Japanese Holly Shrubs for Sale Online

Japanese Holly is an evergreen shrub covered in small, shiny, spineless green leaves year-round. In the springtime, this shrub produces small, greenish-white flowers; they are neither showy nor fragrant. These flowers turn into berries over the summer months. This shrub grows into dense, rounded bushes that are between 3 and 10 feet tall and wide.

If you are looking for a shrub that is easy to care for and low maintenance, Japanese Holly Shrubs are just for you. You can use these plants as hedges or small foundation shrubs, depending on what your garden's needs are. If you live in the right hardiness zone and your garden has its ideal living conditions, your shrubs are bound to thrive for many years.


Hardiness Zone: 6-9
Mature Height: 5 to 6 feet
Mature Width: 4 to 5 feet
Classification: Broad leaved evergreen shrub
Sunlight: Full Sun
Habit: Densely branched, Mounding
Foliage: Dark Green
Flower Color: White flowers that produce Black Berries
Pruning Season: Prune in late spring to maintain shape
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established.
Uses: Extremely attractive when used as in the mixed border, foundations, or planted in mass.
Growzone: 6-9 Japanese Holly Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Japanese Holly

Before you purchase a Japanese Holly Shrub, be sure to read the recommended care instructions to ensure your plant grows happy and healthy for years to come!

What Kind of Soil Does My Japanese Holly Shrub Need?

What Kind of Soil Does My Japanese Holly Shrub Need?

Your Japanese Holly shrub will thrive in light, well-draining soil conditions. We also recommend that the soil you plant your shrub in has plenty of organic material. Japanese Holly shrubs prefer to be in slightly acidic soil conditions. If they are in soil with too high of a pH, they will develop an iron deficiency. Your plants need to be in well-draining soil to ensure they do not risk the chance of root rot disease. This is a disease that will damage your plant's root system because its roots have been sitting in standing water for too long.

What Is the Best Light for My Japanese Holly Shrub?

What Is the Best Light for My Japanese Holly Shrub?

Japanese Holly shrubs thrive in many different sunlight conditions, making them easy to plant in any garden. Your shrub can tolerate full sun to partial shade throughout the year. If you live in a hot climate, partially shaded afternoon hours will give your plant time to chill from the hot sun. However, if you live in a colder part of the United States, your plant will thrive in full sun all day long. If you notice your plant's leaves are burning, you could be giving it too much sunlight. Also, be sure your plant's soil does not dry out if it is in full sun for the majority of the day. Dry soil that has become compacted is almost impossible to rehydrate.

Should I Mulch My Japanese Holly Shrubs?

Should I Mulch My Japanese Holly Shrubs?

Your Japanese Holly shrubs enjoy moist soil conditions, and one way to ensure their soil remains moist, even during the hot summer months, is to mulch around the base. Spread a few inches of organic mulch over the planting area but a few inches away from the stem. Mulching will not only help with moisture retention, but it will help keep weeds away from your plants too. Weeds can creep up on your garden plants when they are competing for your plant's moisture or nutrients. However, mulching around your plants helps diminish this risk almost entirely.

When Should I Prune my Japanese Holly Shrubs?

When Should I Prune my Japanese Holly Shrubs?

When it comes to Japanese Holly shrubs, pruning is a crucial part of their caretaking. You can trim off branch tips to remove any dead wood. Pruning their branches will also help shape your plant to look more aesthetically appealing. Similar to boxwoods, Japanese Holly shrubs tolerate shearing. Because they can withstand heavy shearing, it makes them the perfect choice as an evergreen shrub if you decide to use them that way. Pruning your shrubs also helps create space for new growth to emerge. Instead of your plant focusing its energy on dead and dying limbs, it is focusing on producing new healthy and strong branches.


Frequently Asked questions

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