Ilex crenata – Japanese Holly

Ilex crenata - Japanese Holly We can supply, plants & all aspects of hedging including box hedging within the Chichester Winchester Tangmere Bognor Portsmouth Bournemouth Guildford Andover Southampton Brighton West Sussex Hampshire Surrey Dorset New Forest Greater London Wiltshire areas
Sizes Supplied Item Price (£) + VAT Type
60-80cm 17.50 RB
15-20cm 1.75 P9

Key: Type – P9 = Container Size | RB = Root Ball

Details / Key Facts

Ilex crenata Japanese Holly, hedge plants offer a very similar aesthetic to Box hedging. This is due to the small, glossy green foliage and dense habit. The delightful Japanese Holly makes a wonderful low hedge that provides year-round interest. Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata) hedging is a hardy, low maintenance plant which, is becoming increasingly popular due to its multitude of gardening benefits.

The small round leaves found on Ilex crenata lead most gardeners to suppose that this is a member of the box family, but this is actually the Japanese holly. Found growing naturally in the higher parts of Japan and Korea, this smooth-leaved plant is well worth growing as a winter evergreen.

Key Facts

  • Common name: Japanese Holly
  • Botanical name: Ilex crenata
  • Group: Small Hedge 
  • Flowering time: Summer
  • Soil: Loam, Clay, Sand, Chalk
  • Height and spread: 4-8 metres and 1-1.5 metres
  • Aspect: South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing. Full Sun or Partial Shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Difficulty: Easy

How To Grow

Easy to grow in a well-drained soil in a sunny position or part shade. Excellent as a dwarf hedge

Propagate by seed or by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
Garden Edging Hedging & Screens City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden


Japanese Holly, Ilex crenata can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs and trees with often spiny leaves, small white flowers (male and female usually on separate plants) and, on female plants, showy berries in autumn

Further Information
Japanese Holly, Ilex crenata is a slow-growing, evergreen shrub or small tree, to 6m tall, with glossy, sometimes spiny, wavy-toothed, tiny leaves to 3cm long and nearly 2cm wide. Small white flowers, borne in summer, are followed by black fruits


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