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Ilex crenata

Common Name(s):
Japanese holly
Cultivar(s):
'Convexa', 'Helleri', 'Hetzii', 'Stokes', 'Sky Pencil'
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Japanese holly is a handsome evergreen shrub in the Aquifoliaceae family. The fruit provides winter intrest.  You can severely prune to control height.  It tolerates drought and air pollution. There are many cultivars available.  Growth rate: slow.

Seasons of Interest:

Foliage: Evergreen Bloom: May-June, fragrant Fruit/Nut/Seed: Fall

Wildlife Value:  The small fragrant flowers attract bees. Members of the genus Ilex support the following specialized bee: Colletes banksiThis plant is mildly resistant to damage by deer.

Compare this Plant to:

Ilex crenata 'Convexa'Ilex crenata 'Helleri'Ilex crenata 'Hetzii'Ilex crenata 'Stokes'

 

Height:
10-12 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, dark green leaves; 0.5-1.3 in. long; crowded on stems
Flower:
Small, dull, greenish white fragrant flowers in spring; 0.2 in. black berry-like drupe fall to spring
Zones:
6-8
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; prefers moist, well-drained, acidic soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Dense, multi-branched shrub; rounded or semi-globular
Width:
3-5 ft.
Tags:
tolerates air pollution, bees, drought tolerant, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, deer resistant, wildlife, fragrant flowers, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 1589

Ilex crenata Ilex crenata foliage
Phillip Merritt, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
Ilex crenata 'Helleri' I. crenata 'Helleri' as a hedge
Twining Valley Nursery, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Ilex crenata Close up of Flower
Yamatsu, CC0