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Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch'

Common Name(s):
Soft touch Japanese holly
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Soft touch Japanese holly is a dense, mounded, evergreen shrub in the Aquifoliaceae family.  It has a moderate growth rate and works well planted in borders, as an accent, or along walkways. Black ornamental berries persist throughout winter for cool season interest.

Seasons of Interest

      Fruit: Fall-Winter, red berry  Bark: Winter

Wildlife Value:  Showy fruits are attractive to birds. Members of the genus Ilex support the following specialized bee: Colletes banksi.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Generally pest free.  Potential insect include holly leaf miner, spider mites, whitefly, and scale. Potential diseases include leaf spot, leaf rot, tar spot, and powdery mildew. Plants are also susceptible to leaf drop, leaf scorch and chlorosis (yellowing of leaves in high pH soils). 

Height:
2-3 ft.
Foliage:
It has soft-textured, glossy green leaves that have an interesting silver mid-vein.
Zones:
5-9
Habit:
Evergreen
Form:
Round
Width:
2-3 ft.
Tags:
boarders, cpp, bees, specimen, birds, nectar, specialized bees, wildlife, cottage, mass planting

NCCES plant id: 3285

Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch' Ilex crenata form
JC Raulston Arboretum